These modules have been created by classroom teachers and curated by the Folger Shakespeare Library. Try them out, and be sure to keep checking back as we add more!
- “To be or not to be”: Close Reading Hamlet’s Soliloquy
- Enter Players: Pre-reading Hamlet
- A Guilty Gertrude: Performing Spoken and Silent Moments in Hamlet
- Paparazzi Shakespeare: Ophelia’s Madness Revealed!
- Pause, What Did You Say?: Ambiguity in Iambic Pentameter
- Cutting Antony's Speeches: "I am meek and gentle with these butchers"
- "What, Did Caesar Swoon?": Silent Caesar Scenes
- PRIMARY SOURCE SPOTLIGHT: Plutarch’s Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans
- “They Smack of Honor Both”: Macbeth and a Nonfiction Source
- PRIMARY SOURCE SPOTLIGHT: Holinshed’s Chronicles
- Macbeth: What's Up with the Crime Scene?
- Macbeth: “What are these…?”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Shakespeare the Player: Illustrating Elizabethan Theater through A Midsummer Night's Dream
- "Such Affection Move": Finding Staging Clues in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Romeo and Juliet
- Juliet vs Laura: Analyzing Sonnet Structure in Romeo and Juliet
- Comparing Primary Source Documents and Romeo and Juliet
- Pre-Reading Romeo and Juliet: Performing and Analyzing the Prologue
- Close Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets
- Easing into Shakespeare with a Modern Sonnet
- Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet
- Shakespeare's Sisters and Modern Sonnets
- Shakespeare's Sonnet 138: A Close Reading Module
- Sonnet Performances: Shakespeare's Sonnets as Scripts
- Spenser, Shakespeare, and the Blazon
- The English Sonnet: Michael Drayton
- Writing a Group Sonnet