Planet Word is an immersive museum in Washington, DC, devoted to words, reading, and language: the way we learn, use, and manipulate the words and grammar that define us. In the first gallery, a video montage shows young children trying out their first words; in the second gallery, an interactive display with a 20-foot “wall of words” traces the complexity of the linguistic roots of English. Another large interactive space explores the diversity of the world’s languages, with native speakers explaining how differences in grammar and linguistic richness can create fundamentally different conceptual understandings of the world and time. Smaller galleries explore rhetoric, humor, and the use of language to sell things and manipulate emotions. The exhibition targets children who are on the cusp of adolescence—developing the social cognitive ability and the empathy to care about what people think, and to know about the world, other people, and other cultures.
Learn techniques that you can use right away—online, in person, hybrid—to help all students break down a wall of words and understand texts, themselves, and the world. Teachers and students love the Folger Method! Students at all levels own their learning and find success in the adventure of reading. To help all your students feel confident with complex texts, Folger Shakespeare Library has compiled these essential resources.
The American Writers Museum is developing a new monthly podcast series that explores the museum’s growing Nation of Writers. Listeners will hear experts around the country talk about significant American voices that have shaped this nation with their words.
Since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland debuted in 1865, the fantastical tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in an alternative universe has inspired countless retellings. From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, Wonderland is the perfect world for virtual reality.