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How A Summer at the Folger Turned Me Into a Bass

Alicia Edwards (R) with fellow TSI participants. (Image: Folger)This past summer, I found my voice. More specifically, my vocal register actually changed. In stature, I am fairly petite, the little sister, the youngest of three, the daughter of a naval...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 2 Nov 2016

When Your Students Don’t Love Your Favorite Play…and Prompt You to Step Up Your Game

“Stay, stay thy hand! Thou art an Amazon, and fightest with the sword of Deborah”, King Henry VI [part 1], act I, scene II [graphic]. Folger Shakespeare LibraryI consistently feel like an incredibly lucky teacher for many reasons: the incredible...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 12 Oct 2016

What’s the Prime of Life?

I had taught English 9 for eight years straight when my teaching assignment changed and there followed a five-year hiatus in which I didn’t teach it at all until this year. Fortunately for my students this year, in the intervening years I attended...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 28 Sep 2016

Shakespeare: Text to Text

Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear (Folger Shakespeare Library)Teaching one Shakespeare play in a school year can be challenging enough, what with mandated curriculums, standardized testing, holidays, and school activities which take a cavalcade of...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 24 May 2016

Begin Anew: Notes from a Folger Teacher Workshop in New Jersey

On Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016, forty teachers from five New Jersey counties met at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. As the nation turned toward the primaries, this group focused (Image: Kimberly Dickstein)on strategies for teaching Shakespeare....
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 12 Apr 2016

An Alternative to the Traditional Literary Essay

*This piece originally appeared as “Teaching Shakespeare (And Literary Analysis!) with Prompt Books” on the blog Moving Writers and is cross-posted here with permission.* This April, English teachers, Anglophiles, all buddies of the Bard will...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 29 Mar 2016

What My ELLs—and Their Non-ELL Classmates—Taught Me about Teaching Shakespeare

(Image: Jessica Cakrasenjaya)Having a high proportion of ELLs in my high school English classroom, I saw that there was no quick fix targeting both language acquisition and literary reading…but I knew that our big textbook was not my answer. I...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 24 Feb 2016

A “Good Lesson” Indeed!

“I shall the effect of this good lesson keep As watchman to my heart.” (Hamlet 1.3.49-50)   From the wisdom shared by brilliant teachers and scholars (Michael Witmore, Gail Kern Paster, Kathleen Lynch, Amber Phelps, Jill Burdick-Zupancic,...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 3 Feb 2016

What Does Fun Have to Do with Lifelong Learning?

One thing I try to remain conscious of on a day to day basis is my students’ demeanor when entering the room. I try to greet them, smile at them, start a conversation, etc. However, inevitably everyday someone asks the question that I hate to answer:...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 26 Jan 2016

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

(Image: Matt Seymour)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...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 19 Jan 2016

Tossing Lines, With a Twist

  I first read about this go-to strategy in the Folger Library’s Shakespeare Set Free resources. Over the years, I’ve developed and personalized my own take on this interactive way of getting students to jump into Shakespeare’s...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 14 Jan 2016

Starting the Year with Shakespeare, Starting the Year off Right

By Quintin Burks   Well, it’s that time of the year again; the leaves are starting to change, the nights are getting cooler, and the school year has begun. As I start to see new and familiar young faces fill the hall of my school, some filled...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 15 Sep 2015

TBT: Great Teaching Idea for Romeo and Juliet

We revisit Julia Perlowski’s active lesson surrounding Romeo and Juliet‘s Prologue from 2014.   By Julia Perlowski  William Fox presents Theda Bara in William Shakespeare’s masterpiece Romeo and Juliet, 1916. Folger Shakespeare...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 27 Aug 2015

Back by Demand: Debbie Gascon’s Advice—and Activities—for the First Day of School

By Folger Education This post you’re about to read was viewed, shared, and liked more than almost any other on our blog last school year. Since its original publication, both Debbie Gascon, the high school teacher who wrote it, and Folger staff,...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 20 Aug 2015

Shakespeare? On Day One?

By Jill Burdick-Zupancic   Ophelia. (Image: Folger Library) As summer (too quickly) comes to a close, I’m filled with a mix of excitement and anxiety. What will my students be like? Will what worked last year work again this year? What can...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 18 Aug 2015

Why We Shouldn’t Study Shakespeare

By Mari O’Meara   Like most teachers, when a Shakespearean unit is announced, I am greeted by many loud groans and a few students voicing the usual (whiny) complaints- “It’s so boring!” “I don’t understand...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 6 Aug 2015

Making Magic at the Folger

By Deborah Gascon When I introduced myself as one of the master teachers (the other was the fabulous Michael LoMonico) to the 29 teachers participating in the Folger’s first Summer Academy, I told them the Folger was a magical place.  I thought...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 23 Jul 2015

The Prompt Book–Close Reading at its Best

By Greta Brasgalla    This year, I became the English Instructional Coach at my school. My job includes creating and modeling lessons for a huge English department (we have over 3000 students in grades 10-12).   One of the best activities...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 2 Jul 2015

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...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 7 Apr 2015

Teaching Romeo and Juliet with Technology: Part Three

By Folger Education   What does sound editing software have to do with Shakespeare? Let’s find out in the third installment of our teacher-created videos on teaching Romeo and Juliet. Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2014 alum Matt Seymour shares...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 2 Apr 2015

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