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Why I Love the High School Fellowship Program

We often feature the voices of teachers on this blog. But today, we hear from a student… By Mikaela Ruiz-Ramon The Folger Shakespeare Library High School Fellowship Program is a 3 month-long course offered to Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area high school students. I am part of a group of 16 Fellows that meets every week… Continue Reading »


Teaching Shakespeare: Mini-Research Projects

By Deborah Gascon I set a goal this school year to include several, less time-consuming (but equally as meaningful), mini-research projects into my teaching of literature. Enter resident experts! This quick strategy to get students researching more frequently scaffolds the skills they need to complete the big, scary research paper we assign in the spring. The… Continue Reading »


Using Film Clips to Teach Shakespeare

By Chris Lavold If you are a fan of Folger Education, you are well aware of the focus on performance-based teaching and how getting kids up on their feet is an effective way to understand and appreciate Shakespeare’s plays. I have found that an excellent complement to this is to view film clips of performances… Continue Reading »


"The Adventures of Batlet Hamman" and Other Wild Ideas: Shakespeare and Pop Culture

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Letting Shakespeare Speak for Himself

By Mike Klein Year after year kids in my classroom have strikingly similar reactions to my announcement, “Tomorrow, we’ll be starting Shakespeare.” That reaction is usually a series of “Ughs,” or “Oh nos!” or “Whys?” The most dreaded by English teachers everywhere is, of course, “I hate Shakespeare!” Perhaps I am different, perhaps I’m a… Continue Reading »



Exploring "King Lear" as a Reader, Teacher, and Audience Member

By Dan Bruno King Lear, in its embodiment of the horrors of human existence, is the black hole at the center of the Shakespearean tragic universe, drawing in any sense of light and hope and keeping it from escaping. The big questions at the center of this play challenge us as human beings to confront a… Continue Reading »


Silent Shakespeare

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Circle Performances with Shakespeare

By Deborah Gascon It’s September and the weather is cooling down, but your students’ love for Shakespeare is warming up, right? Okay, maybe not love like, “will you go to the homecoming dance with me?” love, but maybe a lukewarm shyness sort of love? Your students aren’t ready to dance with Shakespeare, but definitely have… Continue Reading »


Field Trip for the Future: A First Folio

Just how important is the First Folio? Well, the First Folio is the only source for eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and As You Like It, all of which would otherwise have been lost. Imagine taking your students to see one of these books! The Folger holds 82 copies of… Continue Reading »