Shmoop Offers New Suite of Online Courses, Test Prep, and Learning Guides for 2014-15 School Year

Shmoop’s fresh content will engage students as they get over the back-to-school slump.

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Summer is coming to a close, and everything’s about to kick into high gear again—but not without Shmoop’s help. Shmoop University (www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company that aims to make learning fun and accessible, has loads of new content ready for the 2014-2015 school year.

Shmoop’s videos and Learning Guides cover all subjects under the sun. This summer alone, Shmoop released an analysis of Grendel, a guide to the biblical Book of Proverbs, and a first-person online profile for Nietzsche, among hundreds of other free resources.

Teachers will be thrilled to know that Shmoop is upgrading its Test Prep resources to be sure that everything is up-to-date for those ever-changing tests. AP® US History is getting a facelift and, AP® Physics 1 and 2 are joining the club. Also hopping on the bandwagon are dozens of new Common Core-aligned Online Courses, including 6th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra 2, Algebra 1, Geometry, Sociology, 8th Grade Health, HOPE, and several short courses on classic novels.

Speaking of Common Core (and who isn’t?), Shmoop now has a searchable database to help educators find sample assignments and activities tagged to each Standard. Also tagged to Common Core Standards are Shmoop’s new Math Shack sections: 6th Grade Math, Stats and Probability, and Geometry. Math Shack offers infinite math problems, and students and teachers can keep track of their progress as they master each concept.

Throughout the 2014-15 school year, Shmoop will be releasing such courses as AP® English Literature and Composition, Literature in the Media, Contemporary Literature, Career Research and Decision Making, AP® Comparative Government, Psychology, World Geography, and Middle School English.

Students, teachers, and administrators alike will be heading to Shmoop this year as their one-stop shop for education. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

 

Top 5 Poems on Shmoop for April (National Poetry Month)

Alas, t’is time to bid National Poetry Month a fond adieu.

Rather than go all misty-eyed, choked-up, broken-heartedly emo on you, we wanted to mark the end of the month on a celebratory note. Voila, our Poetry Top 5 lists.

Most Popular Poems on Shmoop for April, 2009

  1. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot
  2. The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe
  3. My Last Duchess, by Robert Browning
  4. Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  5. Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10), by John Donne

Most-Searched Poets on Shmoop for April, 2009

  1. Emily Dickinson
  2. Robert Frost
  3. Langston Hughes
  4. John Donne
  5. Walt Whitman

Fall for any of the 54 Poetry Study Guides in Shmoop Poetry

Also, remember that today (April 30) is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Read a poem to the people you love. Or want to love. Go get ‘em, Tyger.

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?
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