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Posts Tagged: Performance-based learning

Connections Through Writing: Boosting Students’ Projects and Performances through Close Reading and Writing

Any good teacher knows that there are a variety of ways students can demonstrate their understanding of a reading. Projects that prescribe students to create original posters, board games, models, etc. based on a class reading are all great methods to get students to engage with literature. As many teachers who use Folger’s performance-rich curriculum… Continue Reading »



Speaking Shakespeare: From fear to "the feeling that I could do it"

Why do we make such a big deal about performance-based learning? We at the Folger strongly believe that Shakespeare is for everyone and that speaking the Bard’s words for yourself is essential to gaining an understanding of and appreciation for Shakespeare’s plays. Lenny Henry, the British comedian turned acclaimed actor, recently shared his turn-around experience with… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare and Performance-Based Assessment

As you may have guessed, we never get tired of reading about the creative ways teachers are using performance-based learning techniques to teach Shakespeare. Sarah Goodis-Orenstein, a middle school language arts teacher and department head in a public charter school in Brooklyn, recently shared in a blog post on Education Week how she’s experimented with the Folger’s Shakespeare… Continue Reading »


Maxims for performing Shakespeare in the classroom

As the 2014 Teaching Shakespeare Institute approaches the end of its third week, we return to Dan Bruno’s NCTE High School Matters blog, where he has been busy sharing some of the insights he’s gleaned from TSI sessions. Here’s an excerpt from a blog post in which Dan reviews some maxims for guiding students through performance-based learning in the… Continue Reading »