Explore this free selection of teaching modules, lessons that help every single student unlock a range of texts.
As you try these out in class, ask yourself:
- Are all students speaking the language of the text?
- Are all students collaborating and creating with one another and the text?
- Has the voice of every student been included, honored, and amplified?
- Have students bravely and respectfully confronted the tough issues (identity, difference, power) raised by the text?
- Did I, the teacher, get out of the way?
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A Sampling of Folger Lessons
Special Teaching Materials for Right Now
Play-Specific Teaching Modules
- “To be or not to be”: Close Reading Hamlet’s Soliloquy
- Enter Players: Pre-reading Hamlet
- Performing Spoken and Silent Moments in Hamlet
- Paparazzi Shakespeare
- Ambiguity in Iambic Pentameter
- Close Reading the Conspiracy
- Cutting Antony's Speeches
- PRIMARY SOURCE SPOTLIGHT: Plutarch’s Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans
- Silent Caesar Scenes
- Macbeth and a Nonfiction Source
- PRIMARY SOURCE SPOTLIGHT: Holinshed’s Chronicles
- What's Up with the Crime Scene?
- Macbeth: “What are these…?”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Romeo and Juliet
Other Lesson Plans
- 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
The Folger Method gets all students unlocking all kinds of texts, not just Shakespeare.