Archive for December, 2013

Happy Holidays

The Shakespeare Educators Roundtable


wishes you and your family 

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a happy holiday season

Creative Arts Team

and a joyful New Year!

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“Health, peace and happiness…”  Henry IV, Part II 


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Photo Credit: The Folger Shakespeare Library

As a tribute to Nelson Mandela, we’re posting the quote he selected from Shakespeare’s canon during his imprisonment:

Cowards die many times before their deaths:
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
(Julius Caeser 2.2.32–7)

The Robben Island Shakespeare (also known as the Robben Island Bible) is a copy of the complete works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled into the prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held.  It was passed among the prisoners, who underlined and signed inspirational passages.

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Photo Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

A fun idea from our friends at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust:  An advent calendar of sonnets.  Pick your favorite Shakespeare poems to count down the days until Christmas.  Or use the calendar we created out of our own favorites.  Enjoy!

  • December 1:  Sonnet 2
  • December 2:  Sonnet 8
  • December 3: Sonnet 12
  • December 4: Sonnet 15
  • December 5:  Sonnet 17
  • December 6:  Sonnet 18
  • December 7: Sonnet 23
  • December 8:  Sonnet 29
  • December 9:  Sonnet 30
  • December 10:  Sonnet 65
  • December 11: Sonnet 55
  • December 12: Sonnet 71
  • December 13:  Sonnet 73
  • December 14:  Sonnet 91
  • December 15:  Sonnet 97
  • December 16: Sonnet 104
  • December 17:  Sonnet 116
  • December 18:  Sonnet 120
  • December 19:  Sonnet 121
  • December 20:  Sonnet 130
  • December 21:  Sonnet 138
  • December 22:  Sonnet 141
  • December 23:  Sonnet 147
  • December 24:  Sonnet 149

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Shakespeare & Common Core

A Free Online Webinar

Thursday, January 23, 2014
8:15-9:15 PM EST

Featuring Susan Biondo-Hench

(ESU Competition Teacher Liaison
for the 2013-2014 School Year)

Join us for a FREE online event about Shakespeare and the Common Core State Standards. Discover how Shakespeare connects to current standards, explore ways to meet this criteria in your classroom, and learn how to assess student presentation with these goals in mind. Educators nationwide are invited to attend. Feel free to pass this invitation on to others.

No RSVP required. Just go to https://esu.webex.com on the day of the event, select this webinar, enter the event password (teach) and join the session. NOTE: You’ll need a computer for this online event (software not yet supported on mobile devices or tablets).

Learn More About Presenter
Susan Biondo-Hench

Susan Biondo-Hench is our Competition Teacher Liaison for the 2013-2014 School Year. A participant at the first Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute in 1984, Sue helped edit the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare Set Free series. She now works for them as a Folger Master Teacher, presenting workshops to teachers across the country. Sue is also a National Board Certified teacher, who currently teaches at Carlisle High School in Pennsylvania (where her students annually participate in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition). In her home state, she established the Central Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and annually runs the Carlisle Shakespeare Troupe for students. Sue is also a recipient of the Folger’s Shakespeare Steward Award.

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