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By Corinne Viglietta

TSI2014 participants create "folios". (Photo: James Brantley)

Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2014 participants create “folios”. (Photo: James Brantley)

Last week, Mike LoMonico shared big news about the national tour of First Folios from the Folger vault. Now that you know where the Folio will be in your state, we’re sure you’re dreaming up all kinds of fabulous field trips. (I can’t wait to follow a First Folio from here in DC to my beautiful hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia!) Until then, why not get (even more) excited and ready for 2016 by exploring some of these online resources?

TEACHING IDEA: Using quartos and folios in the classroom doesn’t have to mean a lecture with slides that tell the printing history of Shakespeare’s plays (though that history is wonderfully fascinating!). Try using textual variants—different versions of the same play—to spark student inquiry and analysis. In this blast from our blogging past, English teacher and Teaching Shakespeare Institute alum Sarah Lehn explains how her students question and compare language in quarto and folio versions of Hamlet—a close reading activity that works with a host of other plays, including King Lear and Romeo and Juliet.

INFO AND IMAGES: Every folio has a story. Visit Folgerpedia, a new wiki of all things Folger, for the story of the First Folio on display in the Great Hall at the Folger in Washington, DC.

PODCAST: Last November, French librarians found a “new” First Folio, taking the worldwide count of known First Folios to 233. (Folger has 82 of these.) In this podcast from the Library’s Shakespeare Unlimited series, the expert who authenticated the French discovery, Professor Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada at Reno, discusses what makes the First Folio such an alluring and important book.

YOU, OUR COLLEAGUES: Do you use the First Folio in your classroom? If so, tell us! Leave a comment below or send me an email at cviglietta@folger.edu.

 

Corinne Viglietta is Assistant Director of Education at the Folger. She has taught English in DC, Maryland, and France.

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By Folger Education

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The new Folger website landing page

Here at Folger, we’re pretty thrilled about the new, sleek www.folger.edu! The pages are easier to navigate, and they’re chock-full of incredible images, multimedia, and other resources perfect for the classroom.

At the same time, we understand that some of our teaching colleagues—especially those of you who have been using our stuff for years—might be wondering where your old favorites have gone. Well, we’ve revised and reposted our top teaching modules here, and we’ll continue to add teaching modules to that page—some updated “classics,” and some totally new. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, don’t miss out on all of the new and improved content on the Teach and Learn pages and the rest of the Folger website.

It’s so hard to pick just a few resources to highlight, but here’s a small sampling of stuff to use in your planning and teaching and in your students’ discovering and learning.  Most of these resources work with multiple concepts and skills, but we’ve tried to categorize them for easy viewing. Enjoy!

RESOURCES FOR A RANGE OF PURPOSES

IMAGES AND VERSIONS OF EACH PLAY

PRE-READING

CLOSE READING

SPEAKING AND LISTENING

USING PRIMARY SOURCES AND INFORMATIONAL TEXTS

WRITING AND MULTIMEDIA COMPOSITION

 

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