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Missed our teacher workshop and orientation on the 2016 Shakespeare Competition? Here’s a lesson plan to get you started…

Week 1: Getting to Know Monologues and the ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Aims:  Introduce students to the program, share several videos of successful monologues from the Competition, and have the students select and begin to explore their own monologues.

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You don’t have to take a trip to The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC this summer to access their collection. Check out Luna, the Folger’s digital image collection.  This database offers access to tens of thousands of images from the library’s extensive collection, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts and art.  Check it out here.

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A reminder to all of our Shakespeare lovers of an exciting opportunity provided by The Shakespeare Society: our Teaching Teachers Professional Development Workshops! Led by our master teacher trainer, Wendy Halm-Violette, these workshops show teachers innovative ways to teach Shakespeare, and offer educators the chance to share their own ideas and classroom experiences.

In just a few weeks, we will be hosting our third and final workshop of 2014, “Teaching A Midsummer Night’s Dream”on March 14 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Ripley-Grier Studios at 520 8th Avenue in Mid-Manhattan. It is going to be a wonderful event and we hope you can join us!

About Wendy Halm-Violette: Wendy, a long time English teacher in the New York City schools, is a co-founder of the Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival and has developed and conducted workshops for students and teachers at NYC high schools and other venues throughout the city including Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In order to be eligible for our workshops, teachers must be Shakespeare Society members at the Academic discount level. To register for a workshop, or become a member, please call 212-9767-6802 or e-mail jtralies@shakespearesociety.org.

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Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Looking for a more accessible version of Shakespeare’s works this school year? Try the new digital texts of the Folger Shakespeare Library editions.

This free, online resource for students, teachers, and all Shakespeare lovers currently includes a dozen of the Bard’s best known plays, including Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest.  By the end of the year, it will include all of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Best of all, they are edited with twenty-first century knowledge about Shakespeare’s texts (verses the late-nineteenth century versions of the plays commonly found online).

Users can:

  • read the plays online
  • find a synopsis and character list
  • download PDFs for offline reading
  • search for keywords (within a single play or the whole corpus)
  • compare different published versions of the plays
  • navigate by act, scene, line (or the new Folger throughline numbers)

Tip:  You can also follow along in hard copy or eBook verisons (corresponds to the editions edited by Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine and published by Simon & Schuster, 2003-2010).

Using the Folger editions already? Let us know what you think…

 

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