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Their Eyes Were Watching God
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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Performing a novel just might be the best way to read it.

Hamlet
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Hamlet

Let’s challenge all those assumptions about this “biggie” of a play!

A Midsummer Night's Dream
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Myth, mirth, and magic? Enter the Dream world!

American Moor
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American Moor

What happens at “the corner of Me Street and Shakespeare”?

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What to Do–and What Not to Do–in Week One of a Successful Shakespeare Unit

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What to Do–and What Not to Do–in Week One of a Successful Shakespeare Unit

What are the best, and worst, things you can do in the first week of a Shakespeare unit?
2-Line Scenes - General Shakespeare
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2-Line Scenes - General Shakespeare

Introduce any Shakespeare play this way. Trust us--it works!

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Teach Their Eyes Were Watching God with Rigor and Joy

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Teach Their Eyes Were Watching God with Rigor and Joy

How does the Folger Method help students discover and interpret Their Eyes Were Watching God?

Pre-reading: A Snapshot of Othello

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Pre-reading: A Snapshot of Othello

Introduce the language and story of Othello and prepare your students for courageous conversations about race and power. A twist on 20-minute plays.
Essential Everyday Bravery
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Essential Everyday Bravery

Use literature as a tool for anti-racism. Even if you don't teach Merchant, this curriculum will help your students think and act with courage.

Choral Reading Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech

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Choral Reading Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech

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Juicy Hamlet Lessons from the Creators of The Folger Guide to Teaching Hamlet 5-Week Unit

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Juicy Hamlet Lessons from the Creators of The Folger Guide to Teaching Hamlet 5-Week Unit

So, You Have to Read Shakespeare... How the Folger Method Can Reach Reluctant Readers...and Teachers of Shakespeare
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So, You Have to Read Shakespeare... How the Folger Method Can Reach Reluctant Readers...and Teachers of Shakespeare

Fill Your Cauldron: Spooky Treats from Macbeth
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Fill Your Cauldron: Spooky Treats from Macbeth

Ditch Your Syllabus For One Period!
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Your Students Put Down Their Phones As You Preview Your Year of Literature Together!

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Ditch Your Syllabus For One Period!
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Your Students Put Down Their Phones As You Preview Your Year of Literature Together!

Explore Shakespeare’s World: One more diverse, compelling, and surprising than we thought!

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Explore Shakespeare’s World: One more diverse, compelling, and surprising than we thought!

Cutting and Performing Scenes – Put Students in the Driver’s Seat!

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Cutting and Performing Scenes – Put Students in the Driver’s Seat!

Pairing Texts Across Time, Place, and Experience

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Pairing Texts Across Time, Place, and Experience

Exploring Race & Whiteness in Shakespeare

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Exploring Race & Whiteness in Shakespeare

Exploring Gender: Shakespeare’s Take on Chaste, Silent, and Obedient

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Exploring Gender: Shakespeare’s Take on Chaste, Silent, and Obedient

Shakespeare and the Immigrant Experience

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Shakespeare and the Immigrant Experience

Two Juicy, Interactive Lessons for Your Next Class!

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Two Juicy, Interactive Lessons for Your Next Class!

Sonnets & Social Justice

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Sonnets & Social Justice

Sonnet Performances: Shakespeare’s Sonnets as Scripts

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Sonnet Performances: Shakespeare’s Sonnets as Scripts

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Shakespeare’s Sisters and Modern Sonnets

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Shakespeare’s Sisters and Modern Sonnets

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Spenser, Shakespeare, and the Blazon

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Spenser, Shakespeare, and the Blazon

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Easing into Shakespeare with Edna St. Vincent Millay’s, “What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where And Why”

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Easing into Shakespeare with Edna St. Vincent Millay’s, “What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where And Why”

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Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138: A Close Reading Module

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Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138: A Close Reading Module

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The English Sonnet: Michael Drayton

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The English Sonnet: Michael Drayton

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Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet

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Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 3 Ways: Through Scholarship, On Stage, and In Your Classroom

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 3 Ways: Through Scholarship, On Stage, and In Your Classroom

THE FOLGER METHOD IN ONE FELL SWOOP: Teach Shakespeare and Any Complex Text Using These Principles and Practices Effective for All Students

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THE FOLGER METHOD IN ONE FELL SWOOP: Teach Shakespeare and Any Complex Text Using These Principles and Practices Effective for All Students

Navigating Race and Difference: In Shakespeare, In Class, and Elsewhere

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Navigating Race and Difference: In Shakespeare, In Class, and Elsewhere

William Shakespeare and Gwendolyn Brooks: Processing Death

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William Shakespeare and Gwendolyn Brooks: Processing Death

March Lesson of the Month: Pairing Clint Smith’s “My Hopes, Dreams, Fears for My Future Son” with Hamlet

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March Lesson of the Month: Pairing Clint Smith’s “My Hopes, Dreams, Fears for My Future Son” with Hamlet

“Officers and Torches: Race and the Editing of Othello” with Patricia Akhimie

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“Officers and Torches: Race and the Editing of Othello” with Patricia Akhimie

What’s the connection between race and the power and uncertainty of editing? Get the inside scoop of Patricia Akhimie’s findings and process as she discusses her experience while editing a scholarly edition of Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. This lecture was recorded on March 9, 2022.

Race and U.S. Education: Historical Perspectives

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Race and U.S. Education: Historical Perspectives

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The Two New Paths: Censorship, Reclamation–What is Our Argument? with Jocelyn Chadwick

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The Two New Paths: Censorship, Reclamation–What is Our Argument? with Jocelyn Chadwick

Sneak Peek! Lessons from the Forthcoming Folger Guide to Teaching Hamlet.

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Sneak Peek! Lessons from the Forthcoming Folger Guide to Teaching Hamlet.

“Jamestown: A Shakesperien Tragedy” with Mark Summers

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“Jamestown: A Shakesperien Tragedy” with Mark Summers

Reading Fred Wilson’s Art Alongside Shakespeare’s Words: Folger + Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Reading Fred Wilson’s Art Alongside Shakespeare’s Words: Folger + Smithsonian American Art Museum

Unapologetically Black Shakespeare: Core Lessons from Folger & Reconstruction.us

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Unapologetically Black Shakespeare: Core Lessons from Folger & Reconstruction.us

This Illness is No Metaphor: Romeo and Juliet and the Plague

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This Illness is No Metaphor: Romeo and Juliet and the Plague

Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race 2021: A Virtual Folger Workshop for Teachers – The Online Archive of Program Videos, Slides, and Materials

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Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race 2021: A Virtual Folger Workshop for Teachers – The Online Archive of Program Videos, Slides, and Materials

Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race. It is?

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Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race. It is?

Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race

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Teaching Shakespeare Is Teaching Race

Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2021: Shakespeare and the Making of America

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Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2021: Shakespeare and the Making of America

ALL Students Deserve the Real Thing: Teaching Shakespeare to English-Language Learners

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ALL Students Deserve the Real Thing: Teaching Shakespeare to English-Language Learners

Text Set: AMERICAN MOOR Talks Back to OTHELLO

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Text Set: AMERICAN MOOR Talks Back to OTHELLO

Text Set: Maya Angelou Talks Back to Romeo

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Text Set: Maya Angelou Talks Back to Romeo

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Macbeth Without Ambition with Dr. Adam Zucker

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Macbeth Without Ambition with Dr. Adam Zucker

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Speaking and Writing with Shakespeare at the Heart, a Smithsonian American Art Museum + Folger Library Workshop

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Speaking and Writing with Shakespeare at the Heart, a Smithsonian American Art Museum + Folger Library Workshop

Shakespeare to Malcolm X: Helping ALL Students Grapple with Race and Complex Texts

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Shakespeare to Malcolm X: Helping ALL Students Grapple with Race and Complex Texts

The Tempest, Colonialism, and Early America

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The Tempest, Colonialism, and Early America

Teaching The Tempest means creating a space for classroom conversations about race, power, indigeneity, slavery, and the painful making of America.

Juicy Lesson! Creating a Promptbook for Poet X (or ANY novel!)

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Juicy Lesson! Creating a Promptbook for Poet X (or ANY novel!)

Here’s to Black Women Poets, Part II. May We Know Them. May We Read Them. May We Teach Them.

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Here’s to Black Women Poets, Part II. May We Know Them. May We Read Them. May We Teach Them.

“Race, Racism, and the Shaping of Shakespeare” with Dr. Ruben Espinosa

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“Race, Racism, and the Shaping of Shakespeare” with Dr. Ruben Espinosa

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What Says She? Listening to Women’s Voices in Shakespeare with Dr. Kathryn Vomero Santos

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What Says She? Listening to Women’s Voices in Shakespeare with Dr. Kathryn Vomero Santos

Here’s to Black Women Poets. May We Know Them. May We Read Them. May We Teach Them.

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Here’s to Black Women Poets. May We Know Them. May We Read Them. May We Teach Them.

Juicy Lesson! Pre-reading: A 20-minute Hamlet

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Juicy Lesson! Pre-reading: A 20-minute Hamlet

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Juicy Lesson! Words as Images with Twelfth Night

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Juicy Lesson! Words as Images with Twelfth Night

The Key to Getting ALL Students Understanding and Interpreting Complex Texts

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The Key to Getting ALL Students Understanding and Interpreting Complex Texts

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Film Expert Groups: The Closet Scene

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Film Expert Groups: The Closet Scene

There’s a wrong way to use film in class. This lesson shows you how to avoid it—and teach thoughtful analysis!

Juicy Lesson! Choral Reading Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech

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Juicy Lesson! Choral Reading Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech

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The Folger Method Online: How to Teach ANY Play Fast and with Rigor!

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The Folger Method Online: How to Teach ANY Play Fast and with Rigor!

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Taking the Folger Method Online to Teach ANY Text and Get Students to Turn On Their Cameras!

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Taking the Folger Method Online to Teach ANY Text and Get Students to Turn On Their Cameras!

Trailblazing Women Poets You’re Probably Not Teaching—And Practical Strategies for Teaching Them Now

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Trailblazing Women Poets You’re Probably Not Teaching—And Practical Strategies for Teaching Them Now

Folger Community Conversation: Teaching Literature During COVID-19

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Folger Community Conversation: Teaching Literature During COVID-19

Introducing Twelfth Night with 2-Line Scenes

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Introducing Twelfth Night with 2-Line Scenes

Cutting a Scene: Twelfth Night 2.4

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Cutting a Scene: Twelfth Night 2.4

Choral Reading: Sonnet 18

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Choral Reading: Sonnet 18

Choral Reading: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.1

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Choral Reading: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.1

Cutting a Scene: King Lear 4.6

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Cutting a Scene: King Lear 4.6

3-D Shakespeare: Twelfth Night 1.2

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3-D Shakespeare: Twelfth Night 1.2

3-D Literature with Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun 1.1

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3-D Literature with Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun 1.1

Pre-reading: Tossing Lines from To Kill a Mockingbird

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Pre-reading: Tossing Lines from To Kill a Mockingbird

Choral Reading with Images from A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3.1

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Choral Reading with Images from A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3.1

Cutting a Scene: Julius Caesar 3.1

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Cutting a Scene: Julius Caesar 3.1

Reading Macbeth 1.3 with Art

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Reading Macbeth 1.3 with Art

Creating a Promptbook: Julius Caesar 3.1

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Creating a Promptbook: Julius Caesar 3.1

Students bring to life Julius Caesar's death scene through close, imaginative reading.

Creating a Promptbook: Twelfth Night 2.5

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Creating a Promptbook: Twelfth Night 2.5

Give students a real purpose for reading closely and creatively, and be amazed at what happens.

Writing a Group Sonnet: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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Writing a Group Sonnet: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Writing a group sonnet is a collaborative learning exercise--and is also noisy and fun!

Choral Reading: Much Ado About Nothing 1.1

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Choral Reading: Much Ado About Nothing 1.1

Let the comedic insults of this play get your students excited about reading Much Ado About Nothing!

Cutting a Scene: The Merchant of Venice 3.1

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Cutting a Scene: The Merchant of Venice 3.1

Get students evaluating Shakespeare's writing all on their own with this low-prep, high-impact way of teaching close reading.

Cutting a Scene: A Tale of Two Cities, Chapter Two

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Cutting a Scene: A Tale of Two Cities, Chapter Two

Watch as students experiment with and own the language of Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities in this low-prep, high impact way of teaching close reading.

Promptbook: Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Promptbook: Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

An irresistible and effective way to introduce students to Elizabeth Acevedo's novel-in-verse Poet X.

3-D Shakespeare: Julius Caesar 3.3

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3-D Shakespeare: Julius Caesar 3.3

Let your students discover for themselves the power of Shakespeare's language and the power of their own brains with 3-D Shakespeare.

Creating a Promptbook: Hamlet 1.1

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Creating a Promptbook: Hamlet 1.1

Creating a Promptbook: “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros

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Creating a Promptbook: “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros

Creating a Promptbook: Chapter Five of 1984

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Creating a Promptbook: Chapter Five of 1984

Historical Characterization of Othello

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Historical Characterization of Othello

Tossing Lines: Fences by August Wilson

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Tossing Lines: Fences by August Wilson

Starting with a single line is the least intimidating way to get students grappling with the language of a complex text. These juicy lines from Fences will have students owning Wilson's language in no time at all.

Cutting A Scene: Toni Morrison’s Beloved Part I

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Cutting A Scene: Toni Morrison’s Beloved Part I

No need for a lecture or a lengthy explanation. Get students examining the opening pages of Beloved all on their own.

Paired Texts: Ma Rainey from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing

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Paired Texts: Ma Rainey from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing

What new understandings about race, gender (and so much more) will be unearthed when students pair soliloquies from Beatrice and Ma Rainey?

Paired Texts: Boy Willie from The Piano Lesson and Othello 1.3

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Paired Texts: Boy Willie from The Piano Lesson and Othello 1.3

What interesting ideas might students unearth when they have two characters speak across time and region?

3-D Shakespeare: Othello 1.1

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3-D Shakespeare: Othello 1.1

Get the whole class working together to put a scene on its feet as they question the text and cite evidence--sneaky close reading!

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Introducing Much Ado About Nothing with 2-Line Scenes

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Introducing Much Ado About Nothing with 2-Line Scenes

A favorite and essential way of introducing a play!

Promptbook: The Wedding Scene of Much Ado About Nothing 4.1

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Promptbook: The Wedding Scene of Much Ado About Nothing 4.1

Historical Characterization of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice

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Historical Characterization of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice

Introducing The Bluest Eye with 2-Line Scenes

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Introducing The Bluest Eye with 2-Line Scenes

Choral Reading: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Choral Reading: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Choral Reading: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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Choral Reading: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Allow choral reading to bring to life the lyrical power of Toni Morrison's writing.

Paired Texts: Portia from The Merchant of Venice and Nessa from District Merchants

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Paired Texts: Portia from The Merchant of Venice and Nessa from District Merchants

The power of asides, in plays separated by centuries and united by common questions...

Introducing Julius Caesar with 2-Line Scenes

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Introducing Julius Caesar with 2-Line Scenes

A favorite and essential way of introducing a play!

Choral Reading: Juliet’s Soliloquy in Romeo and Juliet 4.3

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Choral Reading: Juliet’s Soliloquy in Romeo and Juliet 4.3

A longtime Folger favorite lesson!

Choral Reading: Othello 3.4 Handkerchief Scene

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Choral Reading: Othello 3.4 Handkerchief Scene

Let your students discover for themselves the drama and tension of this moment from Othello.

Cutting a Scene: Hamlet 2.2

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Cutting a Scene: Hamlet 2.2

What happens when your students edit Shakespeare's Hamlet?

Cutting a Scene: Queen Mab in Romeo and Juliet 1.4

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Cutting a Scene: Queen Mab in Romeo and Juliet 1.4

Students do the work of directors and teachers everywhere: cut the strange, long, and imagery-rich "Queen Mab" speech!

Choral Reading: Twelfth Night 1.1

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Choral Reading: Twelfth Night 1.1

Let the topsy-turvy poetry of this play work on your students!

Pre-reading: Tossing Lines from Romeo and Juliet

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Pre-reading: Tossing Lines from Romeo and Juliet

Students never forget this first day of their Romeo and Juliet unit!

Pre-reading: Tossing Words from The Color Purple

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Pre-reading: Tossing Words from The Color Purple

Starting The Color Purple? Instead of a teacher-led presentation, try this student-centered way in.

Introducing The Great Gatsby with 2-Line Scenes

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Introducing The Great Gatsby with 2-Line Scenes

Choral Reading: Shylock’s Revenge Speech in The Merchant of Venice 3.1

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Choral Reading: Shylock’s Revenge Speech in The Merchant of Venice 3.1

Choral Reading: Portia’s “Quality of Mercy” Speech in 4.1

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Choral Reading: Portia’s “Quality of Mercy” Speech in 4.1

Choral Reading: Romeo and Juliet 1.4 Queen Mab Speech

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Choral Reading: Romeo and Juliet 1.4 Queen Mab Speech

Cutting a Scene: The Merchant of Venice 4.1

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Cutting a Scene: The Merchant of Venice 4.1

Cutting a Scene: Richard III 1.1

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Cutting a Scene: Richard III 1.1

Creating a Promptbook: The Tempest 5.1

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Creating a Promptbook: The Tempest 5.1

Creating a Promptbook: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3.2

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Creating a Promptbook: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3.2

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Cutting a Scene: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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Cutting a Scene: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Juicy Lesson! Paired Texts: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing 2.1

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Juicy Lesson! Paired Texts: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing 2.1

The Ultimate Resource: The Folger Shakespeare

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The Ultimate Resource: The Folger Shakespeare

Juicy Lesson! The Monologue Project

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Juicy Lesson! The Monologue Project

Find out how and why this project works with any text, every student.

Juicy Lesson! Choral Reading Imtiaz Dharker’s “The Trick” and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 43

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Juicy Lesson! Choral Reading Imtiaz Dharker’s “The Trick” and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 43

Group Scenes: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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Group Scenes: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Richard III: Introducing Language with 2-Line Scenes

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Richard III: Introducing Language with 2-Line Scenes

Two-Line Scenes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Two-Line Scenes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Pre-reading: Tossing Words and Lines from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Pre-reading: Tossing Words and Lines from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Cutting the Opening Scene of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Cutting the Opening Scene of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Comparing Shakespeare to His Source, Holinshed: The Witches in Macbeth 3.1

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Comparing Shakespeare to His Source, Holinshed: The Witches in Macbeth 3.1

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Choral Reading: King Lear 1.2

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Choral Reading: King Lear 1.2

Choral Reading: Rena from August Wilson’s Jitney and Lady Macbeth from Macbeth

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Choral Reading: Rena from August Wilson’s Jitney and Lady Macbeth from Macbeth

Choral Reading and Cutting a Text: Pairing Clint Smith’s “My Hopes, Dreams, Fears for My Future Son” with Hamlet

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Choral Reading and Cutting a Text: Pairing Clint Smith’s “My Hopes, Dreams, Fears for My Future Son” with Hamlet

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Cutting a Scene: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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Cutting a Scene: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Choral Reading: Fences and King Lear

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Choral Reading: Fences and King Lear

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: Introducing Language with 2-Line Scenes

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: Introducing Language with 2-Line Scenes

Choral Reading: “Seven Ages of Man” from As You Like It

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Choral Reading: “Seven Ages of Man” from As You Like It

Choral Reading with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 43 and Imtiaz Dharker’s “The Trick”

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Choral Reading with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 43 and Imtiaz Dharker’s “The Trick”

Choral Reading with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 43 and Imtiaz Dharker’s “The Trick”

Choral Reading: Hamlet and August Wilson’s King Hedley II

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Choral Reading: Hamlet and August Wilson’s King Hedley II

Choral Reading Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech

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Choral Reading Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech

Words as Images: Twelfth Night 1.5

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Words as Images: Twelfth Night 1.5

3-D Literature: Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

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3-D Literature: Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

Julius Caesar Promptbooks: Marking Up Antony’s Speeches for Performance

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Julius Caesar Promptbooks: Marking Up Antony’s Speeches for Performance

Pre-reading Othello: Tossing Words and Lines

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Pre-reading Othello: Tossing Words and Lines

Set the tone for a language-focused, student-driven study of Othello.

Equitable, Engaging and Subversive Teaching with the Folger Method

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Equitable, Engaging and Subversive Teaching with the Folger Method

The future of the humanities depends on the insights of ALL our students. How do we get students not only understanding but also speaking back to a vast and rich range of texts? Gain practical ideas in this virtual workshop.

Understanding Race and Religion through Othello

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Understanding Race and Religion through Othello

What can this tragedy teach us about race and religion?

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Cutting a Text: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Cutting a Text: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Who or what has the power in this scene from Chapter 6? Whose story is it, and how can cutting the text affect that?

Cutting a Scene: Twelfth Night 2.3

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Cutting a Scene: Twelfth Night 2.3

Ask students to cut this rowdy Twelfth Night scene in half, and be amazed at what happens.

Pre-reading: Tossing Words from Romeo and Juliet

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Pre-reading: Tossing Words from Romeo and Juliet

Forget a slide deck on Shakespeare's life and times. Start Romeo and Juliet with the words in your students' mouths-- actively and joyfully!

Pre-reading: A Snapshot of Othello

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Pre-reading: A Snapshot of Othello

Introduce the language and story of Othello and prepare your students for courageous conversations about race and power. A twist on 20-minute plays.

Macbeth in the First Folio: Sisters or Witches?

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Macbeth in the First Folio: Sisters or Witches?

Students get up close with the 1623 First Folio to solve a textual mystery about the witches in Macbeth.

“To Be” in Translation: Hamlet in World Languages

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“To Be” in Translation: Hamlet in World Languages

Hamlet's "to be" soliloquy in 12 languages!

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Editing Macbeth: Issues an Editor Faces

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Editing Macbeth: Issues an Editor Faces

What does it mean to edit Macbeth, and what are some of the issues at stake in this work?

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Pre-reading: Tossing Words from Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Pre-reading: Tossing Words from Their Eyes Were Watching God

Instead of starting your Hurston unit with a slide deck or tons of historical context, let your students connect with the rich language of the novel right from the start.

3-D Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet 1.1

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3-D Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet 1.1

Get out of the way and let your students create the opening scene of Romeo and Juliet. Here's how.

Is Othello Shakespeare’s American Play?

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Is Othello Shakespeare’s American Play?

Might Othello be the best Shakespeare play for discussing race, sexuality, and status in America?

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Editing Shakespeare: Word Choice in Othello

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Editing Shakespeare: Word Choice in Othello

A world of "sighs" or "kisses"? How does word choice affect what a line--maybe even a play--means?

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3-D Literature: The Opening Scene of Their Eyes Were Watching God

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3-D Literature: The Opening Scene of Their Eyes Were Watching God

The opening scene of Their Eyes Were Watching God can be challenging for students, but when they get on their feet and perform it, the scene comes alive with amazing clarity.

Choral Reading: The Declaration of Independence

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Choral Reading: The Declaration of Independence

An immersive and unforgettable way to understand The Declaration of Independence.

Pre-reading: 20-minute 1 Henry IV

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Pre-reading: 20-minute 1 Henry IV

Introduce the language and story of 1 Henry IV with this lively 20-minute play.

Pre-reading: 20-minute Romeo and Juliet

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Pre-reading: 20-minute Romeo and Juliet

Introduce the language and story of Romeo and Juliet with this lively 20-minute play.

Cutting a Scene: Othello 1.1

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Cutting a Scene: Othello 1.1

Ask students to cut the opening scene of Othello in half, and be amazed at what happens.

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Close Reading on Your Feet: Performing Macbeth’s Soliloquy in 5.5
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Close Reading on Your Feet: Performing Macbeth’s Soliloquy in 5.5

Students work in groups to read and perform Macbeth's famous soliloquy in Macbeth 5.5.

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Pre-reading: 20-minute Hamlet

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Pre-reading: 20-minute Hamlet

Introduce the language and story of Hamlet with this lively 20-minute play.
2-Line Scenes - General Shakespeare
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2-Line Scenes - General Shakespeare

Introduce any Shakespeare play this way. Trust us--it works!

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Who is the Moor? Choral Reading American Moor and Othello

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Who is the Moor? Choral Reading American Moor and Othello

What does a black actor at an audition in today's world have to say to Shakespeare's Othello? This choral reading mashup will ignite bold discussion.
Essential Everyday Bravery
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Essential Everyday Bravery

Use literature as a tool for anti-racism. Even if you don't teach Merchant, this curriculum will help your students think and act with courage.

LUNA: The Folger Digital Image Collection

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LUNA: The Folger Digital Image Collection

Online access to over 100,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection!

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Yorick 2 Ways: Comparing Quarto and Folio Versions of Hamlet

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Yorick 2 Ways: Comparing Quarto and Folio Versions of Hamlet

Which version of Hamlet's speech is better? Let students analyze, evaluate, and decide for themselves.

3-D Shakespeare: Hamlet 1.1

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3-D Shakespeare: Hamlet 1.1

Students discover the opening scene of Hamlet for themselves, together. Close reading on your feet!

Choral Reading: Macbeth’s Soliloquy in Macbeth 1.7

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Choral Reading: Macbeth’s Soliloquy in Macbeth 1.7

A riveting speech and the most riveting (and sneakily rigorous) way to teach it: be astounded by Macbeth's words in the mouths of your students!

The First Week of School: Literature Line Toss

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The First Week of School: Literature Line Toss

On the first day of school, make your students want to come back to class.

The Folger Shakespeare API Tools

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The Folger Shakespeare API Tools

Powerful digital tools that enable readers everywhere to analyze Shakespeare's plays in new ways and make fresh discoveries.

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Why Study Shakespeare Today? Dr. Kim Hall, Barnard College

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Why Study Shakespeare Today? Dr. Kim Hall, Barnard College

How does Shakespeare help us think through war, religion, race, and other issues from our own time?

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The Wonder of Will: 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Death

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The Wonder of Will: 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Death

A 2-hour extravaganza of Shakespeare stories from actors, community leaders, teachers, students, and scholars!

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Invitation from a Black Shakespearean

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Invitation from a Black Shakespearean

"You see, I am a black woman who teaches and writes about William Shakespeare, and I am also someone who teaches and writes about issues of race."

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Shakespeare Sonnets in the Classroom

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Shakespeare Sonnets in the Classroom

Why--and how--should students read Shakespeare's sonnets in class?

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Master Class: Teaching Romeo and Juliet

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Master Class: Teaching Romeo and Juliet

What are the most essential, and eye-opening, things any teacher must know about Romeo and Juliet? What are wildly effective approaches to teaching it?

Directing Julius Caesar: An Interview with Michael Tolaydo

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Directing Julius Caesar: An Interview with Michael Tolaydo

What can readers of Shakespeare learn from performing the text? What wisdom can we gain from a longtime actor and director?

Building Empathy in the Literature Classroom

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Building Empathy in the Literature Classroom

How do we help students grapple with race, power, and poetic language? What do student gain by putting Shakespeare in conversation with Poe, Clifton, and today's social issues?

Dr. Kim Hall’s lecture “Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora”

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Dr. Kim Hall’s lecture “Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora”

Find out what's wrong with calling Shakespeare "universal."

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Whiteness: A Primer for Understanding Shakespeare, with Dr. Ian Smith

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Whiteness: A Primer for Understanding Shakespeare, with Dr. Ian Smith

"Whiteness is everywhere implied but nowhere acknowledged."

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Teach Their Eyes Were Watching God with Rigor and Joy

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Teach Their Eyes Were Watching God with Rigor and Joy

How does the Folger Method help students discover and interpret Their Eyes Were Watching God?

Getting All Students Inside Tough Speeches

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Getting All Students Inside Tough Speeches

How can any student encounter a speech for the first time and make meaning from it on their own, without any teacher explanation?

Abraham Lincoln, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar, 1865

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Abraham Lincoln, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar, 1865

What does Shakespeare have to do with President Lincoln's assassination? What is gained by examining the continuities between English literature and American history?

Master Class: Teaching Hamlet

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Master Class: Teaching Hamlet

What does it mean to teach Hamlet the Folger way? Do you have to teach the whole play? What do scholars, teachers, and artists have to say about Hamlet?

Folger Revealed

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Folger Revealed

What is Folger Education, and what's this community of teachers all about?

Cutting a Scene: Hamlet 1.3

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Cutting a Scene: Hamlet 1.3

The Monologue Project

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The Monologue Project

A much more exciting, authentic, and rigorous final assessment than an essay or test. Try the monologue project with virtually any text.

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Directing Shakespeare: An Interview with Rosa Joshi

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Directing Shakespeare: An Interview with Rosa Joshi

What drives Rosa Joshi to direct Shakespeare today? What does Shakespeare have for diverse casts and audiences?

Master Class: Teaching Othello

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Master Class: Teaching Othello

What matters most when we teach Othello? How can all students grapple with the language of race, religion, gender, and power?

Master Class: Teaching Julius Caesar

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Master Class: Teaching Julius Caesar

What does it mean to teach Julius Caesar the Folger way? What insights from performance, scholarship, and expert classroom practice can grow your knowledge and your students' understanding?

What to Do–and What Not to Do–in Week One of a Successful Shakespeare Unit

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What to Do–and What Not to Do–in Week One of a Successful Shakespeare Unit

What are the best, and worst, things you can do in the first week of a Shakespeare unit?

Richard II stage footage | Act IV, scene 1 – the deposition scene

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Richard II stage footage | Act IV, scene 1 – the deposition scene