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CrossTalk Featured Lesson: The Power of Asides

Editor’s Note: Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting individual lessons from our CrossTalk education project, Essential Everyday Bravery: Thinking and Talking about Identity and Difference in Your Classroom. To learn more, check out the CrossTalk webpage. Today’s lesson comes from Baltimore teacher Amber Phelps, who gets students thinking deeply about identity and vulnerability… Continue Reading »


Where Will This Year Take Us?

A new school year is underway! As always, you’re doing the most important work on earth. As always, we’re with you. And we’re getting ready to share a whole new wave of support for you and your classrooms. Exciting stuff! Stay tuned. What’s in store for the Folger teaching family, including YOU? Where have we… Continue Reading »


The Big “R” Question: Relevance

In the teaching world, there’s a lot of talk about making texts relevant for today’s students. With Shakespeare, who asks the big, human questions, I have had success letting my students make their own connections to Shakespeare’s words, find and construct their own relevance. The Folger offers tons of active, performance-based approaches to connecting students… Continue Reading »


Director’s Statement on Charlottesville

Teaching colleagues, You are on our minds these days. We are with you. Please read the following statement from the Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Dr. Michael Witmore: Statement from Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library Aug 16, 2017 The Folger Shakespeare Library, a part of Amherst College, joins President Biddy Martin’s… Continue Reading »



Summer Break

Summer’s here and we’ll be on hiatus until August . Check back then for a new post—and have a very merry summer break. Cheers!