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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 »


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 »


4 Fresh Ideas for Teaching Familiar Speeches

By Dan Bruno Often, when talking with colleagues, I find that a difficult part of teaching well-known plays like Hamlet is making the recognizable, highly quotable speeches seem fresh and alive with possibility. Here are some activities to help students discover the originality and complexity of familiar speeches from Shakespeare: Make It Personal: Have you… Continue Reading »


Creative Midterms: Assessing Process and Performance

By Jill Burdick-Zupancic   Midterms. This word always evokes a bit of panic in my mind. It feels like some kind of “super assessment” I’m expected to give to my students. Even in my seventh year as an educator, it’s a jarring word; however, the past three years, since my experience at the Teaching Shakespeare Institute… Continue Reading »


YOUR Teaching Epiphanies

As a follow-up to Mark Miazga’s fabulous story about his teaching epiphany, we invited you, our readers, to share revelations from your classrooms, and… wow! You and your students blew us away! Here’s what you had to say:   My epiphany came when I realized that getting students to act and move would impact them… Continue Reading »


Breaking Down the Barriers of Shakespeare’s Text

Happy holidays, readers! We’ll be on hiatus until January 6, 2015. Check back then for a new post—and have a very merry winter break!   By Sara Lehn    Occasionally, those of us who revere the Bard speak of his works as if they are some sort of holy text. These plays contain such incredible… Continue Reading »


Tech Tips: Creating Shakespeare Radio Plays

[getty src=”102754951?et=vk6vTSb6Q4N5_oBP76Uhkw&similar=off&sig=pGWSDl6IMD8DCdtz7Pqq67-ZR9upqOfK7wQVfj2Vj1g=” width=”507″ height=”338″] By Dana Huff Act IV, Scene 1 of Macbeth is great fun: the three witches are brewing a “hell-broth” which they will use to conjure the apparitions that talk to Macbeth. The scene contains some of the most memorable lines of the play and lends itself well to choral reading activities…. Continue Reading »


Using Film Clips to Teach Shakespeare

By Chris Lavold If you are a fan of Folger Education, you are well aware of the focus on performance-based teaching and how getting kids up on their feet is an effective way to understand and appreciate Shakespeare’s plays. I have found that an excellent complement to this is to view film clips of performances… Continue Reading »