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Instagram + Hamlet = Instagr(H)am-let!

At the end of TSI 2014, I made a pledge that I would not read the syllabus to my class on the first day of school.   After a summer collaborating with some of the most innovative teachers in the country, it did seem a shame that I would return to my classroom and fall… Continue Reading »


How I Spent My Summer Vacation…at the Folger

By Emma Remsberg   At the end of June, I started my internship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. It was an exciting and busy time for the Education office, every spare table space being used to house an intern.   Reflecting on my internship, it’s hard to choose a favorite part. I love the milieu… Continue Reading »


Talking to a Piece of Writing

By Casey Christenson   “Yeaahhhhhh, a close reading.  So, liiiikkkkkeeeee, what do you mean?”   Inevitably and understandably this is a strategy I must visit and revisit with my students each year. This time it’s while I’m handing out photocopies of Barbara Ascher’s “On Compassion,” and it has only been about twenty-four hours since the… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare? On Day One?

By Jill Burdick-Zupancic   As summer (too quickly) comes to a close, I’m filled with a mix of excitement and anxiety. What will my students be like? Will what worked last year work again this year? What can I do to make this year a successful and engaging one? Big questions. No easy answers. But, here… Continue Reading »


Making Magic at the Folger

By Deborah Gascon When I introduced myself as one of the master teachers (the other was the fabulous Michael LoMonico) to the 29 teachers participating in the Folger’s first Summer Academy, I told them the Folger was a magical place.  I thought about the unicorn painted on a screen on the ceiling of the Folger… Continue Reading »


Halfway Through Our First-Ever Summer Academy: Notes From The Front

Summer Academy participant Jennie Brown shares her experience at the mid-way point of Summer Academy 2015 which took place from July 5-10, 2015.  By Jennie Brown Where do I even begin to describe my experience so far (only on day 3!) of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute’s Summer Academy 2015 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in… Continue Reading »


Summer Academy 2015: Reflection

By Folger Education Last week 29 teachers joined for a week-long Summer Academy on Hamlet. Check out how much fun we had.


The Prompt Book–Close Reading at its Best

By Greta Brasgalla    This year, I became the English Instructional Coach at my school. My job includes creating and modeling lessons for a huge English department (we have over 3000 students in grades 10-12).   One of the best activities that I modeled was using the prompt book. Of all of the Folger activities, this… Continue Reading »


A Conversation with Dr. Russ McDonald

By Michael LoMonico   I recently interviewed Russ McDonald, professor of English at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Russ was a resident scholar at the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute from 1985-1986, and served as the head scholar from 1988-1994. He is the author of The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents and the… Continue Reading »


What Do Old Books and Shakespeare Have to Do with DC Teens?

By Folger Education   According to students at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School, a lot. When Ashley Bessicks’ students finished their Hamlet unit, her 10th grade students at Phelps ACE High School, a DC public school, were on fire for Shakespeare. They wanted to know more about this play and the man who… Continue Reading »