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Holiday Hiatus for the Blog—but Forsooth! Buzzes On!

Teaching Colleagues, Happy holidays to you and yours! We hope the season brings you abundant peace and joy. The Teaching Shakespeare! blog will be taking a short winter break until January 10th, at which point we’ll return with new teaching resources. Think you’ll have a Shakespeare teaching emergency before then? Or maybe you just want… Continue Reading »

Thank you for such a terrific NCTE 2017!

Thanks to all the wonderful people for such a terrific NCTE 2017! We had a great time.   “Shakespeare’s words in their mouths. And it’s fun. And they trust the language and the process.” #NCTE17 pic.twitter.com/RFvt7zdmzb — Folger Education (@FolgerED) November 17, 2017 Choral reading #Shakespeare strategy for ALL kids. Love these teachers. #NCTE17 #Midsummer… Continue Reading »

Throwback Thursday: Shakespeare in a Mug, Your Class in a Nutshell

Originally published September 22, 2015 Editor’s Note: We’re reposting one of our most popular back-to-school teaching ideas. Try it out and let us know how it goes! We’re on Twitter @FolgerEd Debbie Gascon’s brilliant advice to start the school year with Shakespeare has made my hot, humid classroom one of the coolest places to be… Continue Reading »

CrossTalk Featured Lesson: The Power of Asides

Editor’s Note: Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting individual lessons from our CrossTalk education project, Essential Everyday Bravery: Thinking and Talking about Identity and Difference in Your Classroom. To learn more, check out the CrossTalk webpage. Today’s lesson comes from Baltimore teacher Amber Phelps, who gets students thinking deeply about identity and vulnerability… Continue Reading »

The Big “R” Question: Relevance

In the teaching world, there’s a lot of talk about making texts relevant for today’s students. With Shakespeare, who asks the big, human questions, I have had success letting my students make their own connections to Shakespeare’s words, find and construct their own relevance. The Folger offers tons of active, performance-based approaches to connecting students… Continue Reading »

Teaching King Lear in Times of Grief

It was the start of term 2 in 2016 and I was preparing the Grade 12 students for our study of King Lear. We read an excerpt from The Little Prince. It was meant to introduce big questions around blindness, appearance, and reality. We used the line, ‘It is only with the heart that one… Continue Reading »

Folger Ed Goes to College

Teacher educators: we have some exciting news! Folger Education has partnered with the Saint Mary’s College Education Department for a symposium aimed at those college folks who do the heavy lifting of preparing students to be effective English teachers. The Teacher Educator Symposium will be held September 21-23, 2017, at Saint Mary’s College in Notre… Continue Reading »

Three Ways to Have Fun with Shakespeare

Listening to students speaking Shakespeare is certainly my favorite part of teaching Shakespeare, but I also love watching them play games. We’ve often ended a semester with Shakespeare-based games. (Perfect for this sunny time of year!) Student favorites have been “Who am I?” and “Group Charades,” though “Who said that when?” can be good learning… Continue Reading »

“But then begins a journey in my head”: Stepping into Sonnets

I was on the train when I began this blog, heading home from a Shakespeare competition where students performed monologues and recited sonnets. It was a terrific event. All of the participants were surefooted, and no one froze in the headlights of competition. The students had every reason to be proud of their work, for… Continue Reading »

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