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R&J Flash Mobs Across North America

In a recent post, I requested that schools, theaters, or anyone else should stage a flash mob for the “balcony scene” from Romeo and Juliet, with a script created using Folger Digital Texts. Well, the deadline has passed, and we’ve had 28 fabulous submissions. They come from Punahou School in Hawaii; from the University of Northern… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare Flash Mob in your School

In case you’ve forgotten: Tomorrow is Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday. In my recent post I wrote about the Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene-Flash Mob event that the Folger is hosting on YouTube. We’ve gotten lots of questions and comments about this activity, and we’re hoping that you take the time to get your students to create this scene.


Getting into the Mind of Shakespeare in an IB Class

By Mark Miazga The International Baccalaureate (IB) English Higher Level curriculum and assessments are still an ideal place for Shakespeare, even though the revision of the curriculum a couple of years ago no longer makes his inclusion compulsory. While he does not fit into Part I Works in Translation of the curriculum (at least in… Continue Reading »


But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? …'tis a Flash Mob!

  As you probably know, April 23 is Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and the Folger Education staff wants to get everyone involved in the celebration. So we are hosting a Balcony Scene Flash Mob Festival. It’s simple. It’s fun.  And it will get a lot of people speaking Shakespeare. We hope to get groups from all across the… Continue Reading »


How performance transforms reading comprehension in the AP classroom

[getty src=”143071352?et=ir8MsLaI6kWKHSfEI_noLQ&sig=oFqfLRD-Tn2jHrHUBD_7qQh4hcIqFnvIjEPwcIUxEJI=” width=”507″ height=”407″] Guest post by Deborah Gascon – Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC Performance in AP?  Didn’t think you had time with all the other pressures? Make time. Using Folger strategies in my AP classes has transformed student comprehension of difficult texts and improved their abilities to read closely–and has actually SAVED me time…. 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 »


Peggy Says: A Walk on the Wild Side

Lots of buzz around the Folger these days because Janet Griffin, Artistic Producer of the Folger Theatre, and Robert Richmond, director of our upcoming production of Richard III, are taking a walk on the wild side. You know about the theatre here, right?  Background in case you don’t:  Folks here sometimes call the Folger Theatre… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare Festivals: Getting Students On Their Feet

Something very special happens when you have students up on their feet, with Shakespeare’s language in their mouths, performing for each other, and learning from each other. That’s what we try to make happen each year at our Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. In March, we’re bringing together 48 schools, with students in grades 7-12, from… Continue Reading »


Adapting Macbeth in Thailand: The Thane and I

Guest post by Jessica Lander The large dented cauldrons of spicy green curry, red curry and duck soup were cloaked in hovering fog and steamy air of the monsoon season.  It was evening at the Gate Market in the heart of the old city of Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand. As I slurped a bowl… Continue Reading »


Teacher Tuesday: Creating Characters

Giving life to one of Shakespeare’s plays is as easy as speaking his words aloud. Actors, however, become their parts – making a human character breathe out of words on a page. You don’t have to be Derek Jacobi or Helen Mirren, though. To be a thoughtful actor, you just need to have an idea of… Continue Reading »