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Available Today: How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare!

~by Ken Ludwig Today is the publication date of my new book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Random House Publishing), and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share this book with you as parents and educators, arts advocates and fellow Shakespeare...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 11 Jun 2013

Shakespeare the Player

Last night, I sat in on the first preview for Folger Theatre’s new production of Twelfth Night. The romantic, knotty nature of the play was brought out in the production, and I, along with the rest of the very packed house, found myself enjoying...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 1 May 2013

“there was a star danced, and under that was I born.”

Today is William Shakespeare’s 449th Birthday. Though he’s not here to celebrate with us, we enjoy celebrating him! This afternoon we’re hosting our second Electronic Field Trip in which students explore Shakespeare’s language...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 23 Apr 2013

It Still Comes to Life

~by Emily DenBleyker The Taming of the Shrew came first, when I was 7 or 8 – a community theatre production in their tiny theatre in the middle of a cornfield. Then, when I was 9 and bored with the 4th grade reading list, my teacher gave me special...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 11 Apr 2013

The Festival Experience

The Festivals we host at the Folger are my favorite experiences of the year. Students pour into the Folger Theatre with all the energy their young frames can contain and explode with life onstage with Shakespeare’s words. Sure: not everything always...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 2 Apr 2013

Action is Eloquence

~ by Danette Long I recently had the pleasure of working with 20 pre-service English teachers at Montana State University in beautiful Bozeman, MT.  My purpose for working with the students was to discuss methods for teaching Shakespeare in secondary...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 5 Mar 2013

Shakespeare Education: Warning! Wanted Side Effects May Apply

~by Holly Rodgers In 2010, I endeavored to have my students take on the challenge of performing the works of William Shakespeare.  While this might not be much of a feat if I were a high school English or theater arts teacher, my students have the added...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 12 Feb 2013

Audio Shakespeare

We’ve been thinking a lot about the benefit of having students listen to Shakespeare’s language.  With the recent release of the digital edition of Othello, we are in the process of producing an audio recording of the play that follows the...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 31 Jan 2013

“Shall we go draw our numbers, and set on?”

~by Julia Perlowski (title quote from Henry IV, part 2) In my high school honors English class, my well-meaning teacher decided to have us read Macbeth.  I was thrilled.  I had been in classes where teachers played records of famous Shakespearean monologues...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 10 Jan 2013

Sneaking Shakespeare

~by Gregg Long These days, Shakespeare has a rather furtive presence in my classroom. Like designer jeans smuggled behind the Berlin Wall, we pull out our copies of Hamlet or the sonnets on the side, with an eye cocked towards the door. Not out of any...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 27 Dec 2012

Folger Digital Editions and Lesson Plans Linked!

Twelve of Shakespeare’s plays, including Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 18 Dec 2012

Once more into the planning stages for HENRY V!

Folger Theater will soon start rehearsals for Henry V.  The Folger Education team meets ahead of the rehearsal kick-off to brainstorm ideas for the study guide.  We create a study guide for each of the Shakespeare plays that gets produced at the Folger...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 27 Nov 2012

NCTE Las Vegas, Nov 15-19, 2012

~by Carol Kelly “We hope that what happens here in Vegas this week , does NOT stay in Vegas!” This was the opening message to all attendees at the National Council for Teachers of English conference. Teachers from all over the country assembled to...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 20 Nov 2012

Look to Like Us!

Folger Education is proud to announce that we have branched into our own Facebook Page this week! Over the past year or so, different divisions of the Folger have been branching from the parent Folger Library page to give more specific information of...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 1 Nov 2012

Complementary Conversations

Taking a page out of Carol Ann’s book, I sat in on a couple of our High School Fellowship sessions recently. During this program, students study three of Shakespeare’s plays as scholars, actors, and audience members. Guest speakers come in...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 18 Oct 2012

Their Understanding Begins to Swell

~by Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger Elementary students during a summer School Visit Workshop I met with a terrific group of bi-lingual students today who came to tour the Folger and see the London exhibition. When I asked them what they already knew about Shakespeare,...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 18 Sep 2012

Shakespeare: Worlds Together Conference

Bob Young, Carol Kelly, me, and Chris Shamburg at Worlds Together Conference. Team Folger just returned from  the Worlds Together Conference, part of the World Shakespeare Festival in London. Worlds Together was a collaboration between Tate Modern,...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 11 Sep 2012

“Your lord; myself and other noble friends, Are partners in the business.”

Shaking Hands with Shakespeare Acting as the registrar for our local programs, it’s not surprising to me that most of the teachers who use our resources teach English, or are using our program for an English unit. Occasionally, though, I’ll...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 28 Aug 2012

“I stand in pause where I shall first begin,”

The weather has been positively autumnal in Washington, DC this week – perfect for it coinciding with the first few days of a new school year. While you’re getting to know your freshest crop of young minds, here’s a look back at some...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 21 Aug 2012

Essential Texts

So you’re learning about a play by Shakespeare. Besides a copy of the play (that uses Shakespeare’s language, of course), what else would be useful to have? Here are a few that we find useful: Shakespeare...
From: Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY on 7 Aug 2012

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