Teacher Review For Folger Shakespeare Library

K-12 resources make Shakespeare accessible to younger audiences

Kara T.
Media specialist/librarian
Lincoln Hall Middle School
Lincolnwood, IL
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Middle school students often struggle with the difficult language and sometimes adult-level content of Shakespeare's plays, and the Folger Shakespeare Library website can help bridge the gap between their reading ability and experiences and those portrayed in Shakespeare's writing. Teachers can access videos, lessons, and even collections of materials supporting the teaching of a whole popular play. I also subscribe to their Bard Notes e-newsletters to keep updated with new lesson plans, videos and other materials.
My Take
Folger Shakespeare Library appears passionate about sharing Shakespeare's work with Americans of all ages and abilities. As a teaching tool, this site can be best used by teachers looking for lesson plans, play ideas, and resources to help make Shakespeare more fun and accessible to younger readers. The K-12 Teachers section offers videos, resources by mail, lesson plans and more. Teachers who are struggling with engaging students with Shakespeare can find valuable aids through this site.