New this week on Shmoop: Ch-ch-changes

Hi from Shmoop HQ -

Change is in the air. We at Shmoop promise you continual change and lots of surprises. We also like to gossip and we’ve got some juicy news for you.

We announced our launch (drumroll, please)

+ We just announced our launch on Nov. 11 (so we could share our special day with Vonnegut’s and Dostoyevsky’s birthdays, while saluting our vets).

+ See our press release and links to our news coverage at the Shmoop Dept. of Propaganda

We Opened our Blog – “Much Ado About Shmooping

+ Check out updates, musings, and daily pieces of brain candy. Leave us comments, and let us know what you’d like to see us do with our Blog.

+ Our opening salvo is the “Shmoop Students’ Bill of Rights

Hitting the Road with Student Journalists

+ Ellen Siminoff (our CEO) was the keynote speaker at the recent Associated College Press national conference in Kansas City. Highlights included great BBQ and making lots of new friends. We’ve posted Ellen’s keynote presentation online.

+ Shmoop will be at the JEA/NSPA (high school media national conference) this weekend in St. Louis. Shmoop’s own Brady Wood will present a talk on student media Friday at 11am. Come by and say hello!

New Content on Shmoop

Trifecta! With the Addition of Dante’s Paradiso, We’ve Shmooped the Complete Divine Comedy
+ Inferno, by Dante
+ Purgatorio, by Dante
+ Paradiso, by Dante

Also New this Week in Shmoop Literature:
+ Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
+ Tess of the D’Ubervilles, by Thomas Hardy
+ The Lady with the Dog, a short story by Anton Chekhov
+ The Lottery, a short story by Shirley Jackson
+ House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
+ The Flies, a play by Jean-Paul Sartre
+ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, a play by Tom Stoppard

New in Shmoop Poetry:
+ We Real Cool, by Gwendolyn Brooks
+ Kubla Khan, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
+ Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen
New in Shmoop U.S. History:
Are we missing something on your reading list?
+ Hit Up Our Request Line

The Shmoop Students’ Bill of Rights

You have the right to:

1.    Find your writing groove. The biggest schoolyard bully is the blank sheet of paper. Time to strike back.

2.    Save your energy drinks for a fun night out. Shmoop will help you kick that can by supplementing your sleep-inducing (and wallet-draining) textbooks.

3.    A lotta links. Photo-audio-video-…stuff like that.

4.    Learn like it’s the 21st century. Text and printed books are kinda 20th century (15th century, actually) – but great stories are timeless.

5.    Debate with your teachers. Every story has multiple sides.

6.    Find literature, history, and poetry relevant – inspiring, even – to the life you live today.