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How to Teach ANY Play or Novel Fast & With Rigor

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Dates Tues, June 27 - Wed, June 28, 2023

Tickets $350 for non-members / $300 for Teacher Members / $325 Group Rate

Duration 10:00am-2:30pm ET daily

Join us for this invigorating 2-day course where you will learn how to teach any play or novel deeply and powerfully in as few as two weeks (or less)!

What you will learn:

Join Folger Mentor Teachers Heather Lester and Deborah Gascon as they engage you in all parts of the work and walk you through how to:

  • Teach any play or novel fast and with rigor
  • Use the Folger Method to set up students to make meaning on their own
  • Create a classroom buzzing with the energy of student-driven learning
  • Identify the juiciest parts of a play or novel to get students inside the language
  • Use paired texts to give students the SWEEP of literature from across time, place, culture, gender, race and religion
  • Invite All students to bring their identities and customs, their whole selves, to fresh performances of juicy scenes and passages
  • Do ALL of this in less time without losing the plot of the play or novel and with minimal input from you (the teacher)

Walk away with fresh ideas, strategies, steps, and materials for getting students to live inside the language of the text and read with rigor and joy in less time!

CEUs: 15

Graduate Credit: 1

One (1) graduate credit available through Trinity Washington University for $125.

Group Rate

$325 per teacher for groups of three or more teachers from the same school or school district who enroll in the same course. To register a group, please follow the steps below. If a Teacher Member is part of a group, the Teacher Member rate will apply to that teacher’s registration. Become a Teacher Member.

To register a group you need to:

  • Call the Folger ticketing office at 202-544-7077 with all of the information below
  • Full name of EACH teacher, EACH teacher’s email address, school name and/or school district, EACH teacher’s email address, EACH teacher’s phone number
  • Let the ticketing office know which (if any) members of the group are current Teacher Members (and the email they are registered under) so they can confirm Teacher Member rate
  • Register and pay for ALL teachers in the group in one transaction


We are excited to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships. To apply, all you need to do is write an email with the subject line SCHOLARSHIP SUMMER 2023 and tell us in one paragraph the name of the course for which you are applying, why you want to take the course, and why you are requesting a scholarship. Send the email to Katie Ross at

Deadline for scholarship requests: June 19, 2023. Notification of scholarship awards: June 21, 2023.


Dr. Deborah Gascon

Mentor Teacher

Dr. Deborah Gascon

Heather Lester

Mentor Teacher

Heather Lester