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Posts Categorized: Shakespeare

What a Festival!

Big thanks to everyone who made this year’s 9-day Secondary School Shakespeare Festival a total blast! Enjoy these photos of Festival goers from all kinds of classrooms in all kinds of schools all over the DC area. O joyful days!    


Debating Ophelia’s Death—and Becoming a Better Teacher

I am an English teacher because of my English teachers.   What dedication I have I learned from a man who had Paradise Lost taken off of his syllabus but came into work an hour early, each day, to teach it to a small group of curious readers. What patience I have I learned from… Continue Reading »


Introducing Iambic Pentameter: Feeling Our Way

*Beware the ides of March…and join us for our live-streamed Master Class on teaching Julius Caesar! Since Caesar is in the air these days, we’re bringing you a special post on teaching meter in this play. Enjoy—and let us know how it goes!* With Julius Caesar, I introduce iambic pentameter to my students with a… Continue Reading »





4 Reasons to Use the Web in a Shakespeare Unit

Don’t get us wrong. We love—like, love—paper. We’re a rare book library, after all. We’re crazy for the codex! At the same time, we’re excited about all that the digital realm is doing for readers, teachers, students, and lovers of language. Here are 4 reasons to integrate technology in your language-based, performance-rich Shakespeare unit. Teaching… Continue Reading »


A “Good Lesson” Indeed!

“I shall the effect of this good lesson keep As watchman to my heart.” (Hamlet 1.3.49-50)   From the wisdom shared by brilliant teachers and scholars (Michael Witmore, Gail Kern Paster, Kathleen Lynch, Amber Phelps, Jill Burdick-Zupancic, Mark Miazga, Josh Cabat, and more—wow!) during the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Master Class and Live Q & A… Continue Reading »



Part I: The Play’s Not The Thing, After All…

My Google calendar tells me that it’s been exactly 193 days since I said goodbye to my Folger Summer Academy cohort on a Friday afternoon filled with DC humidity, wine, conversation, and a palpable sense of loss.  Having spent nearly 60 hours together in less than a week, working at Hamlet, meant that I had… Continue Reading »