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Two Docents Reflect on the 2015 Children’s Festival

By Diana Darwin and Nancy Howard   Imagine children, not much taller than yardsticks, clearly and passionately performing lines from Romeo and Juliet. Simply dressed in blue T-shirts for the Montagues, red T-shirts for the Capulets, and yellow tees for the Prince and his family (a few wore mustaches and many carried swords), they projected… Continue Reading »


Inside the Classroom: The Unit Ends and Students Reflect

By Folger Education   Here are what Gina Voskov’s students are saying now that they’ve wrapped up their Shakespeare unit on Twelfth Night. To trace their journey, check out their comments before and during the unit.   Lois:  Unfortunately, this is the end of our Shakespeare unit and I feel unhappy leaving this unit but… Continue Reading »


Teaching Twelfth Night with Technology: Part Six

By Alli Gubanich   BEFORE YOU WATCH This video shows how to use QR codes to deepen student engagement with the words and ideas in Twelfth Night—and to teach essential literacy skills outlined in the Common Core. QR codes are a nice blend between the paper world and the digital world.  I was inspired to… Continue Reading »


Teaching Twelfth Night with Technology: Part Five

by Gene Campbell   Before You Watch   The idea behind this video is a simple one: get your students to immediately get the play on its feet. Here you’ll learn how to help your students take a scene from any of Shakespeare’s plays (though in this case it’s a portion of Act 5, Scene… Continue Reading »


Teaching Twelfth Night with Technology: Part Four

By Jenna Gardner   BEFORE YOU WATCH   This is an activity I used with students at the beginning of Twelfth Night Act 2, scene 2 when Viola, disguised as Cesario, realizes that Olivia loves her because Olivia believes Viola to be “the man” she pretends to be.   The beauty of Shakespeare is in… Continue Reading »


Teaching Twelfth Night with Technology: Part Three

By Rachel Jean-Marie   BEFORE YOU WATCH   In this video, you will see a demonstration that provides ideas on how to engage students in a close reading of the text by exploring Shakespeare’s use of language in a specific scene in Twelfth Night using hypertext annotations.  Obviously, it’s good if students have had lessons/practice… Continue Reading »


Teaching Twelfth Night with Technology: Part Two

By Matt Seymour   BEFORE YOU WATCH   This video gives a full activity plan that teachers can use to help students learn multiple skills at once. They learn vocabulary, how to use Google Docs, and how to access and search the Folger Digital Texts. An added bonus is that it unites the class on… Continue Reading »


A Poem (and a Play) in Your Pocket

By Corinne Viglietta Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day, everyone! We’re taking a little break from our Teaching Twelfth Night with Technology series to celebrate the power of verse with you. If you’d like some ideas for engaging students and colleagues in this national poetry fest, or if your pocket is without a poem (gasp!),… Continue Reading »


Teaching Twelfth Night with Technology: Part One

By Gillian Drutchas ***We’re thrilled to bring you another series of teacher-created videos from the Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2014. Last month, teachers shared ideas for a Romeo and Juliet unit. This time around, we invite you to watch—and read—their strategies for teaching Twelfth Night with digital technology. Up first: Michigan teacher Gillian Drutchas…***   BEFORE… Continue Reading »


451 Years Old—and Still Full of Life!

By Folger Education   Happy 451st, Will! Today is when people all over the world traditionally celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, and we’re thrilled to bring you even more ideas for marking this occasion. Thanks to all the teachers, students, librarians, and theater practitioners who shared their fabulous birthday plans.   Here’s how the Folger celebrated on… Continue Reading »