Teaching Shakespeare!

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Featured Lesson Plan: The Bullies and the Bullied in Shakespeare's Plays

Today we’re featuring a lesson plan from among the highest rated teaching modules on our website. It’s written by Kevin J. Costa, a 2010 Teaching Shakespeare Institute alum and an English teacher at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, where he also serves as Director of Fine & Performing Arts. Read Costa’s introduction to this… Continue Reading »


How to create your own Shakespeare festival

Last week we wrapped up our annual Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. Students from close to 50 local schools performed 25-minute scenes from Shakespeare plays onstage at the Folger in front of their peers. (You can see some photos and tweets at #FolgerFest. A lot of fun had by all!) Now we’re getting ready for our Children’s… Continue Reading »


Common Core standing tall onstage at the Folger

Let’s make a date for another day to have a longer, more nuanced conversation about the many parts of the Common Core. For now, I just want to say that if we could put politics aside and testing aside (and unfortunately, in our beloved field of education, we can put aside neither for long), the… Continue Reading »


Resources for the Shakespeare plays YOU are teaching

Last week, we took a reader poll to ask which Shakespeare plays were being taught this semester. Top of the list (as of this writing): Romeo and Juliet, with more than 25 percent of the vote. Macbeth took second place with 22 percent, and Hamlet third with 10 percent. Our write-in option was also quite… Continue Reading »



#FolgerOfficeHours and The Winter's Tale

Last Thursday the Folger Education department took to Twitter for our second “office hours” session to talk with teachers about how they’re teaching Shakespeare. We love having an informal time to interact with you, answer your questions, and find out what your students are working on. Here’s a great question we received from James Evans: @FolgerED Creating resources for Winter's Tale…. Continue Reading »


Teaching Shakespeare Institute: boot camp for English teachers

We could tell you all about the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute–the intensity and rigor of our classes, the practical techniques that go on to prove their worth in the classroom over and over, the fun times and good memories with other like-minded teachers who becoming lifelong friends. But we’ll let some of our alumni tell you about their… Continue Reading »


The 'why' and 'how' of teaching sonnets

Earlier this week, we invited you to share our sonnet-writing contest with your students. And we hope you do! Why teach Shakespeare’s sonnets? Exploring Shakespeare’s sonnets can be a good way to introduce students to his language. Many ideas and themes in the sonnets also appear in Shakespeare’s plays and can be useful lead-ins. For… Continue Reading »


Richard III: Science class meets history class meets English class

Until earlier this fall, I was clearly the one in love with words, literature, classrooms, teachers’ lounges, theatre.  Math and science not so much.  OK, so my grade in Biology as a college freshman was D.  Not so interested in photosynthesis. Still not the least bit interested in photosynthesis, but now I am crazily interested… Continue Reading »


Cutting Shakespeare and Untangling Iambic Pentameter

On Thursday, we hosted our first Folger “office hours” – a digital opportunity for you to bring your questions about teaching Shakespeare. And we got some good ones! The theme was Romeo and Juliet, but we also had some lively discussion going about more general topics, like iambic pentameter. If you’re interested in seeing all… Continue Reading »