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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 »


3 Wonderful and Witty Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday

By Folger Education   Shakespeare’s birthday is around the corner (April 23rd), and we’ve been collecting your ideas for celebrating his 451st. To kick off this year’s festivities, we’re thrilled to share these 3 fabulous ideas from our teaching colleagues: Host a Shakespeare’s Birthday Read-a-Thon. Take a cue from Jim Cody at Brookdale Community College… Continue Reading »


A Lyrical Performance

By Kevin Costa Shakespeare’s Sonnets are fantastic for so many reasons. Peter O’Toole, in an interview on NPR a few years ago, said, “They’re my life companion. They’re at the side of my bed. They travel with me. I pick them up, and I read them all the time. I find them endlessly informing, endlessly… Continue Reading »


Teaching Romeo and Juliet with Technology: Part Four

By Folger Education Today we bring you an idea for a final project in a Romeo and Juliet unit. Watch how Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2014 alum and English teacher David Fulco blends performance, language study, and digital research in this student-centered assignment. We love how he uses web tools to promote exploratory, independent learning in… Continue Reading »