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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, Part 2

The epiphanies continue! Today is the anniversary of the death of Irish writer James Joyce, whose famous epiphanies, a century later, still inspire conversation and inquiry. (Plus, did you know that Hamlet was a major source for Joyce, who gave a series of lectures on Shakespeare?) We think it’s fitting, then, today, to offer a second installment of your teaching… 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 »


My Teaching Epiphany: How to Really Prepare Students for Success

[getty src=”90797773?et=Sh9cJ1VSTepZcnrTaeJsgQ&sig=tZuxcdhxnOwZm7zw2RL6039_fvEN5trNZMXzVL7FJa0=” width=”359″ height=”478″] By Mark Miazga It’s January 6th and many people are celebrating epiphanies today. In keeping with this theme, I’m sharing with you a life-changing discovery I made in my own classroom: a teaching epiphany. I teach at a large urban public high school in Baltimore City, and, like many large public… 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 »


What I Learned from the High School Fellowship: A Teacher’s Notes

By Corinne Viglietta We just wrapped up our (exhilarating!) 2014 High School Fellowship, dubbed affectionately by its 16 participants as “Varsity Shakespeare.” Since September, local high schoolers gathered here every Monday to take on big questions and deep learning around Shakespeare and the humanities. They saw productions of King Lear and Julius Caesar and performed… Continue Reading »


An Actor's Take: Julius Caesar

We love actor Louis Butelli’s posts for the Folger Theatre Production Diary. Recently, he wrote about his discovery—after a long run here playing Cassius in Julius Caesar (closing Sun, Dec 7)—that whether Shakespeare’s set a play in Elsinore or Agincourt or Rome he can’t resist talking about the theater. Enjoy this player’s perspective. One of… Continue Reading »


What Julius Caesar Taught Me

by Sam Sherman Folger High School Fellow, Class of 2014 I don’t think I just speak for myself when I say that Shakespeare makes all the more sense when it is performed as opposed to it being examined from text. After all, Shakespeare wrote plays, not novels. Shakespeare wanted actors to play out his work… Continue Reading »


Building Characterization With Music

[getty src=”170956814?et=MuEFNJq5S0x65ONObTmEcQ&similar=on&sig=O8jSoY6buJP7_7cyTcGBgKSzDaH8mYevAfNwW8QMGFw=” width=”507″ height=”338″] By Sara Lehn Teachers have long taken advantage of students’ love of music as a tool for the classroom, writing catchy tunes to act as mnemonic devices, playing educational songs and music videos, and so on.  Watch students in the hallway or cafeteria and you will inevitably find them with headphones blaring,… 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 »