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Folger Shakespeare Library 

Complex texts have something to say to everyone, and everyone has something to say back to complex texts. The Folger Shakespeare Library is an international center for learning, teaching, scholarship, and performance.

Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and major collections of books, manuscripts, and works of art, the Folger is the ultimate resource for studying Shakespeare’s words and world. But the Folger is more than just Shakespeare: we offer a highly engaging, rigorous, and effective roadmap for grappling with any complex text. The Folger Method is an engine for educational equity that enables all students to own—and enjoy—the process of reading closely, interacting with the real thing, interrogating texts, collaborating with peers, and creating meaning. Among the 8 foundational principles of the Folger Method: “Give up Shakespeare worship” (#4) and “Amplify the voice of every single student” (#7). Explore our resources to learn more about these principles and the classroom practices they inspire. Over and over again, teachers call this way of teaching and learning “transformative.” Teachers do the most important work on earth, and we are honored to be your partners and champions. More at


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Equitable, Engaging, and Subversive Teaching with the Folger Method: Students Talk Back to Complex Texts
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Please join Dr. Peggy O'Brien, Corinne Viglietta and Share My Lesson to feed your mind AND learn strategies to use in class tomorrow. The future of...
FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY'S Essential Everyday Bravery: 6 Lessons Using Literature to Have Difficult Conversations
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
"Right now, every day, in classrooms across the United States and around the world, you and your students face this reality: as a country and across...
FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY: Close Reading a Soliloquy--Actively!
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Soliloquies are full of possibilities. Getting students inside a soliloquy can lead to all kinds of deep reading and surprising discoveries about the...
Trump, T'Challa, and Shakespeare: How Do Speeches Incite Collective Action?
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS, HE, AE, PD
In this Folger lesson, students will consider 4 speeches that incite(d) groups to take bold, sometimes violent, action: President Donald Trump’s...