At the Folger Shakespeare Library, our passion for teaching and learning Shakespeare is boundless. For four decades, our national and local programs and resources have supported teachers in all kinds of schools and students at all ability levels. Over 26,000 teachers and 793,000 students have connected with Shakespeare's language through our programs. And our work is expanding every day.
At the heart of every Folger learning resource is the highly effective Folger approach, which engages students in active reading, speaking, listening, and writing so that they develop rich literacy - and a sense of ownership in the language. Our teacher-created teaching modules apply that approach to Shakespeare works, offering teachers dynamic ways to approach these complex texts. These modules integrate performance activities, primary source documents, textual studies, and strategies for adapting and assessing learning. And our overview of Shakespeare's works includes information and images for every play, perfect for in-class activities 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.
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.
We 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 Lily McKee 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.