Shakespeare Set Free

"If I had to have one resource besides the play itself, it would be this text.”
— review, 2014

The Shakespeare Set Free: Sourcebooks for Classroom Teachers series consists of three books that lay out clearly and concretely how to teach the plays most commonly taught in secondary school:  

Created by a Folger-led think tank of scholars, actors, and classroom teachers, the material on each play provides teachers with an overview of recent scholarship, instructions on performance-based teaching techniques, and a classroom-tested, sequenced unit plan that includes handouts and rubrics. The series—like all our programs and materials—is based on the Folger approach:

  • Students connect with Shakespeare’s language head- on, so that they own the plays and everything in them;
  • We build on that foundation with elements of performance and scholarship, at a level and in a way that only the Folger Shakespeare Library can, and;  
  • All students end up reading closely, asking good questions, citing textual evidence, and benefiting from lasting relationships with words and ideas.

Teachers find the Folger approach effective and the unit plans invaluable in teaching all kinds of students.  

Stay tuned for our next major launch of educational materials later in 2015!

You can purchase the Shakespeare Set Free series at the Folger Shop.