Welcome to Folger Teaching, the online home of Teacher Members of the Folger Shakespeare Library. We are honored to work with you.

Connect with like-minded colleagues and the content that first inspired you to teach it. Browse lesson plans, professional development, and the wide world of the Folger, and save your favorite resources to your profile.

This place is yours. Come explore.

First Folio

Join a growing community of Teacher Members working together to help all students fall in love with literature and the power of their own minds.

Lesson Plans

Explore lesson plans that get students grappling on their own with a wide range of complex texts.

Become an expert on teaching anything the Folger way: Hamlet, Lucille Clifton, In the Time of the Butterflies, primary sources from the Folger vault, Their Eyes Were Watching God, American Moor, Twelfth Night, The Declaration of Independence, and lots more.


Professional Development

Teacher Members of the Folger enjoy exclusive access to live-streamed workshops and a video library of on-demand professional development.

Watch master classes on teaching Shakespeare plays and engaging all learners in close reading. Meet Folger experts and fellow teachers. Join a community working to help all students fall in love with literature and the power of their own minds.


The Wide World of Folger

Glimpse into the infinite variety of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Dive deep into the content that inspired you to teach it. Be amazed.

Folger Teaching has curated a special, just-for-you experience with the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. Come explore the power of performance, the wonder of exhibitions, and the excitement of pathbreaking research.


Folger Teaching Live

Register for these upcoming online workshops! Join us for eye-opening, heart-lifting, mind-stretching learning with fellow teachers. Dive into lesson plans from Folger Teaching with the mentor teachers who wrote them. Participate in live conversations with leading scholars. Explore Shakespeare and race, gender, and other important social issues.


What Is the Folger Method?

The Folger Method is a way of teaching complex texts that enables all students to own—and enjoy—the process of reading closely, interrogating texts, discovering language with peers, and contributing to the ongoing human conversation about words and ideas. It is a radical engine for equity that teachers consistently call “transformative.”

Learn more about the principles and practices that make up the Folger Method and get started!

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Teacher Members not only enjoy all the benefits of membership to the Folger Shakespeare Library but also support the work of Folger Education and join a buzzing community of teachers creating the next generation of readers, writers, thinkers, and doers.

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