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Shakespeare Made Just As Easy

A while back I wrote Shakespeare in Other Words citing the reasons teachers should avoid using “No Fear” or “Made Easy” or any other parallel text edition in their classroom. Needless to say, it generated over 40 comments, including some from an author of “The Shakespeare Novels.” But now I realize that simply dismissing those books wasn’t enough…. Continue Reading »



The 'why' and 'how' of teaching sonnets

Earlier this week, we invited you to share our sonnet-writing contest with your students. And we hope you do! Why teach Shakespeare’s sonnets? Exploring Shakespeare’s sonnets can be a good way to introduce students to his language. Many ideas and themes in the sonnets also appear in Shakespeare’s plays and can be useful lead-ins. For… Continue Reading »


How to convince your students that Shakespeare's language is accessible

During our first office hours on Twitter last week, we received this question: @FolgerED How does one get buy in through the language, when it’s a language irrelevant to modern pop culture?#folgerofficehours We needed to know more, of course . . . so the middle school teacher who had asked it clarified in a second tweet… Continue Reading »


Introducing… Folger Office Hours

After our master class in December on teaching Romeo and Juliet, we got so many great questions on the play and on how to make Shakespeare a success in the classroom. We wanted the conversation to continue, and so we thought to ourselves, why not create a dedicated time each month for teachers to share… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare Festivals: Getting Students On Their Feet

Something very special happens when you have students up on their feet, with Shakespeare’s language in their mouths, performing for each other, and learning from each other. That’s what we try to make happen each year at our Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. In March, we’re bringing together 48 schools, with students in grades 7-12, from… Continue Reading »


Happy New Year!

With 2013 behind us, we review some of our most popular posts from the year: How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare Author Ken Ludwig introduces his children to Shakespeare using particular passages, which he puts in context for them and then has them memorize. His new book shares these techniques and strategies with parents and educators…. Continue Reading »


Teacher Tuesday: Creating Characters

Giving life to one of Shakespeare’s plays is as easy as speaking his words aloud. Actors, however, become their parts – making a human character breathe out of words on a page. You don’t have to be Derek Jacobi or Helen Mirren, though. To be a thoughtful actor, you just need to have an idea of… Continue Reading »


Teacher Tuesday: Speaking Together

At the end of last week’s Teacher Tuesday, I shared a link to a video, Interpreting Shakespeare, with our Master Teacher Sue Biondo-Hench. In one section of the video, around 3:10, Sue breaks her students into groups to interpret and perform a single passage from Henry IV, part 1. They each interpret how performing one character’s… Continue Reading »


Extra Credit: Romeo and Juliet on Film

As you’re probably well aware, there are bazillions of versions of Romeo and Juliet on film. From the silent era through the present day, the pair has inspired countless adaptations from the faithful to the fun-house.  Below I’m listing a few of my favorites, but please share your favorites in the comments! When I was growing… Continue Reading »