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Folger Shakespeare Library admin by Trustees of Amherst College (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Margaret H. O'Brien (Project Director: February 2015 to May 2017)
Teaching Shakespeare

A four-week institute for twenty-five school teachers on William Shakespeare’s Othello, The Tempest, and The Merchant of Venice.

The Folger Shakespeare Library proposes Teaching Shakespeare 2016, a four-week institute for secondary school teachers. A group of 25 participants will undertake an intensive study of the intellectual, pedagogical, and theatrical challenges of three Shakespeare plays, OTHELLO, THE TEMPEST, and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, with an emphasis on what these plays have meant in American history. Working with a faculty of scholars, theater professionals, and mentor teachers, the participants will explore successful strategies for teaching these plays, while creating new materials to use in their own classrooms and share with other teachers around the country. Participants and institute faculty will approach these works via primary resources in order to reconstruct historical and cultural contexts; study production history; engage in theatrical practice; and explore digital collections in order to bring the plays across to a new generation of high school students.

Project fields:
British Literature

Institutes for K-12 Educators

Education Programs

$200,109 (approved)
$200,109 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016