Teach & Learn

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At the Folger Shakespeare Library, our passion for teaching and learning Shakespeare is boundless. We offer a variety of programs and resources, at both the local and national level, for teachers in all kinds of schools and students at all ability levels. And our work is expanding every day.

Classroom resources

At the heart of every Folger learning program and resource is the highly effective Folger approach, a time-tested strategy that lets students connect with the material in a way that makes Shakespeare's work feel personal and relevant. Students and teachers begin by connecting with the language head on, and proceed actively through the plays. Our teacher-created teaching modules apply that approach to some of the most popular Shakespeare works, offering teachers dynamic ways to approach these complex texts. And our overview of Shakespeare's works includes information and images for every play, perfect for in-class review or for self-directed learning. Students can also find out more about Shakespeare here on the Folger site, including his life and what theater was like in his day.

Professional development

At the Folger, we don't just hand you resources for introducing Shakespeare in front of a class. We also believe in supporting your professional development throughout your teaching career. Our programs for teachers range from a single Professional Learning Day to the month-long Teaching Shakespeare Institute. All programs integrate scholarship, performance, and classroom practice, for a rigorous approach to Shakespeare that inspires students to understand and own the plays.

Student programs

It's not just teachers who can learn at the Folger. We also offer programs for a wide range of students, from elementary school through high school. School groups can visit the Folger building, library, and theater for short workshops, tours, and matinees. Eligible students can benefit from our long-term, intensive programs: the Capital Shakespeare school residencies for students from local DC schools, and the High School Fellowship Program for qualifying high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. And students at all levels, from 3rd through 12th grade, learn by adapting and performing Shakespeare's works at our celebrated student festivals.

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Lloyd Wolf