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Resources for the Shakespeare plays YOU are teaching

Drawing by John Austen for an edition of Hamlet (ART Box A933 no.2), 1890 painting by Ludovic Marchetti of Romeo and Juliet (ART Vol. f220). Folger Shakespeare Library. Last week, we took a reader poll to ask which Shakespeare plays were being taught...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 4 Mar 2014

#FolgerOfficeHours and The Winter’s Tale

Last Thursday the Folger Education department took to Twitter for our second ”office hours” session to talk with teachers about how they’re teaching Shakespeare. We love having an informal time to interact with you, answer your...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 25 Feb 2014

Teaching Shakespeare Institute: boot camp for English teachers

What alumni are saying about Teaching Shakespeare Institute We could tell you all about the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute–the intensity and rigor of our classes, the practical techniques that go on to prove their worth in the classroom...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 21 Feb 2014

A Sonnet for Shakespeare’s Birthday Party

Winners and runners-up from the 2013 Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Contest, with poetry coordinator Teri Cross Davis (center), at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Each year, Folger Shakespeare Library invites students in grades 3 through 12 in the...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 11 Feb 2014

Richard III: Science class meets history class meets English class

Until earlier this fall, I was clearly the one in love with words, literature, classrooms, teachers’ lounges, theatre.  Math and science not so much.  OK, so my grade in Biology as a college freshman was D.  Not so interested in photosynthesis. Still...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 7 Feb 2014

Cutting Shakespeare and Untangling Iambic Pentameter

On Thursday, we hosted our first Folger “office hours” – a digital opportunity for you to bring your questions about teaching Shakespeare. And we got some good ones! The theme was Romeo and Juliet, but we also had some lively discussion going about...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 28 Jan 2014

Peggy Says: A Walk on the Wild Side

Lots of buzz around the Folger these days because Janet Griffin, Artistic Producer of the Folger Theatre, and Robert Richmond, director of our upcoming production of Richard III, are taking a walk on the wild side. You know about the theatre here, right? ...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 23 Jan 2014

Introducing… Folger Office Hours

What our office might look like if you came in for Folger office hours. Notice the bookcase! 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...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 22 Jan 2014

Master Class Musings: Success!

Last month, Folger Education streamed a live master class on Teaching Romeo and Juliet. Hundreds of teachers participated, and afterward we asked for your feedback. The response was so positive! Many of the teachers surveyed said they appreciated the...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 14 Jan 2014

The Folger’s Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

The Folger Shakespeare Library is a hotbed of education staff, scholars, actors, directors, curators, librarians, docents, and digital geeks in Washington, DC, teamed up with teachers all over the country – in an endless collaboration focused on your...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 12 Dec 2013

Peggy Says: Thoughts from Folger Education’s Director

In the rush of the holiday season, our director of education, Peggy O’Brien, pauses to offer these reflections, looking back at NCTE 2013 and ahead to a bright future! On the Folger’s presence at NCTE… What a thrill to be in the midst of so...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 5 Dec 2013

Relive Our Romeo and Juliet Flash Mob in Boston

We’re truly sorry if you missed our flash mob balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, at the NCTE annual convention in Boston last month. It was a blast! To console those who couldn’t be there, and to offer a happy remembrance to those who participated,...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 3 Dec 2013

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....
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 26 Nov 2013

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...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 19 Nov 2013

Teacher Tuesday: Picking a Play

We know that Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays – though not all of them are taught in our classrooms. We love teaching the recognizable and easily-found Hamlet, Midsummer, Othello, and Macbeth, but there are so many to choose from if you have...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 5 Nov 2013

Teacher Tuesday: Teaching with Tech

The amount of new technology springing up around us can be dizzying, especially when our students are picking it up so quickly. Much of their daily life is conducted online – so how can our classrooms extend into that area of their life? In these...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 29 Oct 2013

Shall I Compare Thee to a Quarto?

It seems we’re not alone in our disappointment with Julian Fellowes’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (sans Shakespeare’s words). While the language still sounds lofty, they’re not Shakespeare’s word choices – and that’s...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 15 Aug 2013

Living With Folger Education

I first came to the Folger as a high school freshman participating in the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. I was playing Dogberry, the lovable constable with a penchant for malapropism, in my high school Shakespeare Club’s abbreviated staging...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 16 Jul 2013

Shakespeare for Everyone: Working with Students with Severe Disabilities

~by Christopher Shamburg, New Jersey City University Shakespeare can be a powerful tool for the cognitive, emotional, social, and linguistic development of all kids. I saw this phenomenon when working with the students of A. Harry Moore School in Jersey...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 11 Jul 2013

Igniting a Flame at the Folger’s 2013 Elementary Educators’ Conference

  Folger Educatin Intern Samantha Smith writes about her experience at our Elementary Educators’ Conference On the last day of the 2013 Shakespeare in Elementary Education Conference at the Folger Shakespeare Library, students from Capitol Hill...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 27 Jun 2013

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