Every student deserves—and is able—to grapple with Shakespeare’s language and a wide range of complex texts. At the Folger Shakespeare Library, we’re proud to work alongside teachers from across the country to unleash every reader’s potential to understand rich language, ask big questions, make exciting discoveries, and contribute in a real way to the ongoing human conversation.
Our classroom resources are grounded in the Folger Method, a highly engaging and immersive way of approaching texts that is proven to work with all kinds of teachers and all kinds of students.
Check out these resources and notice how students tackle the text directly and actively, building from individual words and lines to longer speeches and scenes.
Forsooth! The Folger Teacher Community
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date library of Folger classroom resources and online professional development, become a Teacher Member and enjoy unlimited access to our new online home for teachers, Forsooth! There you’ll find hundreds of downloadable lessons, text sets, key speeches and scenes, primary sources, assessment ideas, and activities as well as several archived and upcoming online workshops for teachers.
A sampling of Folger teaching modules
Try out these free teaching modules, and 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?
To learn about the core beliefs and essential teaching strategies that make up the Folger Method, visit the Teacher Member level of Forsooth! The Folger Teacher Community. To learn more about how the Folger Method relates to the Common Core, read this statement.
Folger Digital Texts
Folger-edited texts of all of Shakespeare’s works are at your fingertips—for free! Would you like to download a Word document—with line numbers, of course—of Romeo and Juliet? Perhaps you want to search The Tempest for all the instances of a particular word? Or maybe you’re asking your students to cut the monologues in Julius Caesar by half, and you need authoritative online texts for them to manipulate? Read, search, download, and explore the Folger Digital Texts, which use the same line and page numbers as the print Folger Editions.
Looking for reliable Folger resources to use in the classroom? Check out our Shakespeare publications!