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We’re truly sorry if you missed our flash mob balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, at the NCTE annual convention in Boston last month. It was a blast! To console those who couldn’t be there, and to offer a happy remembrance to those who participated, we present these videos for your enjoyment.

Our goal was to gather as many people as possible, to perform in unison an edited version of Act 2, Scene 2.

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?” begin the Romeos.

“Parting is such sweet sorrow That I shall say “Good night” till it be morrow,” chorus the Juliets at the end of the scene.

Yes, the image is a bit dark, but what counts is the audio – which certainly comes through loud and clear! The second video gives you a view from above.

And now this has us thinking, what other scenes from Shakespeare would make for fun flash mobs? If you’ve got ideas, we want to hear from you! Please share in the comments below.

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Team Folger will once again have a major presence at next week’s NCTE Conference in Boston. If you’re planning on attending be sure to take part in all of our activities and add a comment below to let us know to look out for you. Here’s what’s on:

The Booth

  1. Stop by to see a demo of the brand new Folger App for Othello
  2. Learn more about the 2014 Teaching Shakespeare Institute
  3. Find out about the Romeo and Juliet Master Class
  4. Record your thoughts on teaching Romeo and Juliet
  5. Meet some of the Folger staff and our team of teachers
  6. Find out about the Folger’s Saturday evening FLASH MOB.

Shakespeare Set Free Sessions On Saturday, beginning at 8:00 am, we will present 5 separate sessions. Here they are:

Act 1: Peggy O’Brien, Mike LoMonico, and Heather Lester  on How Pre-reading Strategies and Activities that Focus on Language Will Ease Your Students into Shakespeare; (Re)Inventing Shakespeare through Performance-based Reading and Writing

Act 2: Holly Rodgers, Kevin Costa, and Julia Perlowski on How Getting Students on Their Feet and Working with Shakespeare’s Language Is Easier than It Sounds

Act 3: Peggy O’Brien, Bill Parsons, and Debbie Gascon on How Tablets, Smartboards, and Web 2.0 Tools Can Get Your Students Closer to Shakespeare’s Texts

Act 4: Rick Vanderwall, Chris Lavold, and Josh Cabat on How to Use Film and Video in an Active Way to Connect Your Students and Shakespeare’s Plays

Act 5: Carol Kelly, Geoff Stanbury, Greta Brasgalla, and Sue Biondo-Hench on Using the Common Core State Standards to Create Meaningful and Authentic Assessments for Your Shakespeare Unit

The Flash Mob: folger-blog-logos_01 Flashmob You have to be there to take part in this amazing experience. Details at the booth and at our sessions. 

So if you plan to come to Boston for the NCTE Conference, add a comment below and we’ll look out for you.

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Folger Education booth at this year’s NCTE Convention

Folger Education staff recently attended and presented workshops on teaching Shakespeare at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention in Chicago.  The convention celebrated the 100th birthday of NCTE, and it offered teachers in attendance many sessions that focused on the new Common Core State Standards set for implementation in schools from approximately 46 states and the District of Columbia in 2014.  Shakespeare is included in the Common Core Standards as suggested readings for high school students, and many of the skills students will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in are introduced in the elementary grades.  What have you and your school district been doing to get ready for the integration of the Common Core Standards in your classroom?  If you would like to get started, join us for our Shakespeare and the Common Core Standards webinar on Monday, December 5th, from 7-8:30 pm EST.

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We are in full swing at Folger Education.  Later this week and part of next we’ll be in Orlando, Florida at the NCTE Convention. If you’re planning to attend, please stop by our booth in the exhibition hall and pick up one of our new posters for your classroom.  We would be happy to talk with you about our professional development programs, including our new technology workshop offering and one play/one day workshops.  And don’t forget to come to our series of five presentations on Friday and Saturday, which replaces our full-day Shakespeare Set Free workshop at the convention.  You don’t have to attend all of the sessions;  you can pick and choose the one(s) that are most likely to fit your immediate classroom needs.  Check out the NCTE program for details, or our most recent issue of BardNotes.  And while you are checking out our resources, why not write a check in support of Folger Education as part of your end of year giving plan?

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