Monday, July 6, 2009

Shmoop wants to make you a better lover...

“Shmoop wants to make you a better lover (of literature, history, poetry and writing). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time.” 

You gotta love a website that seeks to make literature relevant “for students in the digital age!” Shmoop, created by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities, provides study guides for topics and titles in literature, U.S. history, and poetry. The guides are cited and have all the information you need to write a paper or study a topic further. And several of the Assigned Summer Reading titles are on Shmoop!!

Here are a few of Ms. Heather's favorite things about Shmoop: 
•  Did you know? These are fun facts and information that your teacher may or may not bring up in class. Read ‘em, learn ‘em, and wow your teacher on your next essay!
•  Study Questions & Test Review: Shmoop doesn't stop at just giving you the information; they even help you prep for your test with in-depth reviews and questions that will help you ace that exam!
•  Book Club: This section takes a current book (Twilight was featured when I last looked) and does the breakdown on it just as Shmoop does on the classics and required books.
•  Opinions: I can't say it any better than Shmoop did: “Welcome to Shmoop Opinions! We created Shmoop Opinions for students, teachers, and others to explore ideas, debate perspectives, and learn from each other. Use Opinions to challenge yourself, see multiple sides of an argument, and fall in love (with history, literature, and poetry).”
~from Shmoop's website & Heather Miller, Teen Librarian

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