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Did You Know…?

Dearest Teaching Colleagues, Did you know that Folger Education has a new online home for teachers called Forsooth! where anyone who has taken the plunge and become a Teacher Member of the Folger can… …Share summer reading ideas with classroom teachers from over 55 different territories/states? …Watch our Master Class: Teaching Othello—a recorded hour of… Continue Reading »


CrossTalk Featured Lesson: Inner Monologues

Editor’s Note: This school year, we are highlighting individual lessons from our CrossTalk education project, Essential Everyday Bravery: Thinking and Talking about Identity and Difference in Your Classroom. To learn more, check out the CrossTalk webpage. Earlier we featured a lesson by Baltimore teacher Amber Phelps, who gets students thinking deeply about identity and vulnerability through… Continue Reading »


Holiday Hiatus for the Blog—but Forsooth! Buzzes On!

Teaching Colleagues, Happy holidays to you and yours! We hope the season brings you abundant peace and joy. The Teaching Shakespeare! blog will be taking a short winter break until January 10th, at which point we’ll return with new teaching resources. Think you’ll have a Shakespeare teaching emergency before then? Or maybe you just want… Continue Reading »


CrossTalk Featured Lesson: The Power of Asides

Editor’s Note: Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting individual lessons from our CrossTalk education project, Essential Everyday Bravery: Thinking and Talking about Identity and Difference in Your Classroom. To learn more, check out the CrossTalk webpage. Today’s lesson comes from Baltimore teacher Amber Phelps, who gets students thinking deeply about identity and vulnerability… Continue Reading »



The New www.folger.edu!

By Folger Education Here at Folger, we’re pretty thrilled about the new, sleek www.folger.edu! The pages are easier to navigate, and they’re chock-full of incredible images, multimedia, and other resources perfect for the classroom. At the same time, we understand that some of our teaching colleagues—especially those of you who have been using our stuff… Continue Reading »


5 Great Ways to Start a Shakespeare Unit

by Corinne Viglietta   New semester, new plays! A lot of teachers are kicking off, or getting ready to kick off, a Shakespeare unit, so we thought we’d talk about what to do on those first days. From having students put some verse on its feet to creating a tempest in the lunchroom, these activities… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare and Faulkner: Patriarchy in 'King Lear' and 'As I Lay Dying'

Performances of Shakespeare’s Globe: King Lear began last Friday at Folger Theatre, so we thought this would be an opportune time to share a unit plan based on Shakespeare’s famous play about a father and his three daughters. The unit plan, featured on our Shakespeare in American Life website, comes from English teacher Keith Muller. Over the course… Continue Reading »


Seeing Double in the Romeo and Juliet Prologue

By Julia Perlowski If the use of Shakespeare’s early modern English is under attack in some “regular” and “honors” English classrooms, just think about what the reaction might be to the use of such rigorous text in an Intensive Reading class! At Pompano Beach High School, I am not only the ONLY drama teacher, I… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare, Assessment, and Silent Scenes

By Sue Biondo-Hench My students have told me that studying and performing Shakespeare has made them better readers of all literature and better writers, stronger individuals and stronger leaders. But how do we assess this growth? There is no standardized assessment that truly measures this type of learning. And that’s an issue that challenges the… Continue Reading »