- Based on your requests, we've upgraded our coverage of this classic allegory
- Find our totally revamped Symbolism and Allegory page – mapping key events from the novel to historical events
- Check out our deeper character analyses – outlining which characters represented which historical figures
- "Acquainted with the Night", by Robert Frost
- "The Hollow Men", by T.S. Eliot
- "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- "The Weary Blues", by Langston Hughes
- "The World Is Too Much with Us", by William Wordsworth
- Arrow of God, by Chinua Achebe
- "Babylon Revisited", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "The Birthmark", by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy
- Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
- Ghosts, by Henrik Ibsen
- Medea, by Euripides
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, by Edward Albee
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We’re kicking off a new blog series to coincide with the launch of our new Shmoop Teachers website. Shmoop reports from the front lines. The trenches. Yes, real-life examples of teachers using Shmoop in the classroom. Send in your classroom examples (lesson plans, assignments, classroom activities, etc.) and we’ll share it here with the Shmoop Teachers community.
First Up: Students Share Reactions to Shmoop Reading via Classroom Blog
Who: Debra Schneider, Ph.D.
Subject: Social Studies
School: Merrill F. West HS, Tracy, CA
“We were viewing segments of “Eyes on the Prize,” so my students are captivated by the Civil Rights Movement. I wanted them to show me they have read deeper and discovered more. I want them to read, show their comprehension, form an opinion, and convey their stance.”
- Debra assigned her students readings from Shmoop’s Jim Crow in America
- She posted the assignment to her classroom blog
- Each student was required to comment on her blog, answering the question, “What section (in reading, photos, or videos) most surprised you? Include the URL where you found it. The deeper you go into Shmoop, the better.
“I found Shmoop on a teacher’s list of “best Social Studies sites of 2008″ and I completely agree. The topics covered are comprehensive, the resources are varied and interesting, the writing acknowledges a complex history but in a way that my students can comprehend, and the writing style is very engaging.”
The assignment was a success. See Deb’s classroom blog for yourself. Deb plans to assign another Shmoop topic soon.
Maybe we’re still secretly lusting after that awesome Jabba the Hut Barge lego set that was on our holiday wish list year after year. Whatever the motivation, we think Siftables are cool.
David Merrill’s talk from the most recent TED conference caught our attention. Merrill, an MIT grad student, says that his passion is “making new human-computer interactions that better map to the way our brains work.” We think that rocks. Tactile computing could change our daily lives – and education – in big and small ways.
How would you use siftables to learn or teach?
- chemistry experiments without the chemicals?
- legos that visually display principles of physics and architecture?
Add your ideas in the comments below. Or, tweet @helloshmoop
Watch David Merrill’s TED Talk (7 min)