Laughing out Loud (and Learning!) With Shmoop

Are you looking for a fresh, quirky way to inspire students to get excited about literature and learning? Then check out Shmoop.com, which offers homework help, teachers’ resources, and test prep generously sprinkled with pop-culture references and witticisms. Ultimately, Shmoop hopes to “make you a better lover (of literature, history, life)” and “to show your brain a good time.” Behind Shmoop are educators from Ph.D. and Master's programs at Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Many have teaching experience at the middle and high school level, and all posses a deep enthusiasm for revolutionizing education.

Some of the features on the website include:

  • Popular literature guides including The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hamlet, and The Catcher in the Rye. For more guides, go here;
  • Bestseller guides including Catching Fire, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Lightning Thief, and other “books that fly out of bookstores, crowd beside tables and rock the world.” View additional top-picks here;
  • Spanish-language companions to literature study guides found on Shmoop; these are great for ELL and ESL students and teachers, as well as for those who want to practice their Spanish! Haz clic aquí (click here);

On top of all these free literary goodies, there are also resources for college readiness such as test prep for a small fee and a “career smorgasbord” designed to assist career exploration and career paths.

These are just some of the many ways Shmoop makes learning and writing more fun. Whether you’re an educator, a student, or just want to have a good laugh over Eurydice’s Twitter account, be sure to use this resource again and again.