Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 Educators

Period of Performance

10/1/2007 - 12/31/2008

Funding Totals

$200,000.00 (approved)
$200,000.00 (awarded)

Folger Shakespeare Library Teaching Shakespeare 2008 Institute

FAIN: ES-50190-07

Folger Shakespeare Library admin by Trustees of Amherst College (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Jeremy Ehrlich (Project Director: March 2007 to October 2007)
Robert G. Young (Project Director: October 2007 to August 2009)

A four-week institute for twenty-five secondary school teachers to examine Shakespeare's plays.

The Folger Shakespeare Library proposes Teaching Shakespeare 2008, a four-week summer institute for secondary school teachers. A group of 25 participants, working with a faculty of resident and visiting scholars, resident actors, and curriculum consultants, will undertake an intensive examination of The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado about Nothing, Richard III, and King Lear from the mutually illuminating perspectives of reading the texts closely, examining primary sources to reconstruct historical and cultural contexts, exploring the filmed versions and performance histories of the plays, and exploring performance possibilities. Participants will collaborate on new teaching strategies to be disseminated in classrooms and through the Folger website.