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Tossing Lines, With a Twist

  I first read about this go-to strategy in the Folger Library’s Shakespeare Set Free resources. Over the years, I’ve developed and personalized my own take on this interactive way of getting students to jump into Shakespeare’s language.   The basic “Tossing Lines” activity is to give each student a different line from the play,… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare for Everyone

Shakespeare can be an effective tool for teaching children of all learning levels and backgrounds how to interact with others and explore meaningful topics that mirror everyday life. Who else besides the Bard himself wrote about such a wide range of human emotions that span the centuries? As an educator, I want to expose all… Continue Reading »


5 Soliloquies to Teach in This Month of Resolutions

Happy New Year, colleagues! This time of year, there’s a tendency to look inward. We reflect. We resolve. And, if you’re anything like me, you wrestle with your resolutions, too. What better time to take a close look at the most introspective moments in Shakespeare: characters’ conversations with themselves? Today we’re highlighting 5 soliloquies—some of… Continue Reading »


Apply to the Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2016!

  ***Our blog will be on hiatus until January 7, 2016. Please check back then for a new post!*** Teaching Shakespeare 2016 is open for business!  Consider applying and/or urge your wonderful, energetic, intellectually hungry and curious colleagues to apply.  A full, full month–June 26th through July 23rd–with a rock star faculty and 24 teaching colleagues.  What… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare’s First Folio—and a Classroom in Arkansas!

  Just before Thanksgiving and in honor of our exhibition that is touring to every state and two US territories—First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare—we announced our intention to give away a facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio. At the annual NCTE meeting in Minneapolis, many teachers signed on in hopes of winning this great… Continue Reading »


Walking the Walk: How DC Public School Teachers Get Inside the Language of Romeo and Juliet

  “Can’t we cut the first two lines? We still know what’s going on if we start with Lady Capulet’s ‘Evermore weeping…’”  “Cut out that whole speech. It’s interesting but it’s not essential.”  “So you’re saying that Juliet says the word ‘dead’ like it’s damage recovery? Then she should say it quickly, like she’s catching… Continue Reading »



Getting Out of the Way

The week of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Summer Academy challenged, inspired, and intellectually filled me; it was exciting to be surrounded by people who light up at the sound of iambic pentameter and are thrilled to talk about Shakespeare twelve hours a day and then some. I returned home brimming with new ideas, and I… Continue Reading »


BIG LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FROM THE FOLGER!

A Big Announcement this week, teaching colleagues! We’re totally psyched. We want you to . . .   JOIN US! THREE LIVE-STREAMED MASTER CLASSES FROM THE FOLGER!  Join us, your colleagues down the hall, and teachers from across the country for a series of three live-streamed-from-the-Folger Master Classes focused on three plays you teach. One… Continue Reading »