Shmoop Earns CLRN-Certified® Status, Offering Unique Breadth and Depth of Courses

Shmoop’s 9th-grade ELA course, Introduction to Literature, has been certified by the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN).

June 27, 2014, Mountain View, CA. – Shmoop University (, a digital curriculum company aimed to make learning fun and accessible, has earned CLRN certification for its 9th-grade English Language Arts Online Course. By year end, Shmoop plans to submit for certification a variety of courses in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and History.

ImageTo earn certification, courses are required to meet rigorous California Department of Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. They are also required to meet 80 percent of iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Courses. Shmoop blew the requirements out of the water, receiving a rating of 95 percent for Content Standards and 88 percent for Online Standards for its English Language Arts Online Course.

David Siminoff, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Shmoop, remarks, “Shmoop is a one-stop shop for education. Students love us. Teachers love us. And this CLRN-Certified® status proves that we offer more than engaging materials and a goofy sense of humor—we are a premier provider of best-in-breed academic resources.”

Shmoop’s full course catalog includes Common Core-aligned courses in all subjects, including,

  • Business and Career Preparation;
  • College Preparation;
  • English;
  • Health, Physical Education, and Counseling;
  • History and Social Sciences;
  • Humanities;
  • Life Skills;
  • Literature;
  • Math;
  • Science;
  • Technology and Computer Science;
  • Test Prep; and
  • Writing.

They offer traditional courses, like a full suite of Core ELA and Math courses for grades 9-12, along with special interest courses like Young Adult Literature and an entire course devoted to Breaking Bad. Each of Shmoop’s courses—written by teachers and content experts—digs deep into the content matter, all while helping students develop the skills they need to succeed.

Shmoop will be at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 Conference and Expo in Atlanta (June 28 – July 1) at booth 3341, where educators can learn more about the wealth of resources Shmoop has to offer.

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.

Media Contacts:

Shmoop at ISTE
John Rocco



10 Spookiest Literary Places to Visit on Halloween

All Hallow’s Eve is the spookiest night,

It’s filled with the scariest feelings of fright.

And what’s it all for with no stories to tell?

Shmoop’s got the goods since they know books so well.

For students who’re looking for candy to eat:

Shmoop’s Top Ten Places to Not Trick-or-Treat.

Public Domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. Miss Havisham’s House, Great Expectations. More like Great Exspooktations. Nineteenth-century England is dreary enough as is. Add a crazy lady with coping issues to the mix, and the result is a place meant to be skipped during trick-or-treating.

Public Domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. Coraline’s House, Coraline. A world where people have buttons for eyes? Creepy point proven. But what makes Coraline’s house in the “other” world so especially sinister is that it seems nice at first glance. Never trust appearances on Halloween.

Public Domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. The Bottomless Pit, The Bible. The Bottomless Pit of the Bible’s final book features smoke, locusts, and an evil angel. In case that’s not enough, the Devil joins the party, too. The Pit is the pits every day of the year, but Halloween is sure to bring out its true stench.

Public Domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. The Inferno, Dante’s Inferno. Medieval punishments were the best (read: worst), and Dante sure knew how to dole ‘em out. Unfortunately, those souls experiencing eternal pain aren’t just a cheap Haunted House decoration. Probably best to skip this one in favor of one of Dante’s less horrifying places, such as Paradiso.

  1. One of Coleridge’s Drug Trips, “Kubla Khan“. Shmoop just says no to drugs—but not to trippy literature. Coleridge’s adventures in la-la land are the stuff of ultimate ghost stories.

Source: Universal Pictures

Public Domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. The Post-Thneed Truffula Forest, The Lorax. Dr. Seuss’s worlds are usually filled with color and delight, but the decimated Truffula forest is as eerie as they come. The ghosts of trees past are not ones to mess with.

Public Domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. A River with Marlow, Heart of Darkness. Floating down a river with Marlow on Halloween is like riding a ship straight into post-colonial hell. The horror! The horror!

Public Domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. The Veldt, The Veldt. Dystopian literature presents a world in which every day is spooky. Bradbury’s virtual reality kill-fest definitely makes Shmoop thankful for the other 364 days of normal.

Public Domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. Room 101, 1984. For Winston, it’s rats. For Shmoop, it’s bad grammar. Room 101 contains everyone’s biggest fear, so it’s best not to test the waters on the scariest day of the year. Oh, the split infinitives!

Public domain from Wikimedia Commons.

  1. Everywhere, A Clockwork Orange. Even the the bravest faux Batman will quiver at the cover of Anthony Burgess’s classic. With blood, violence, brain zapping, and forcing-you-to-watch-violence-until-you-break torture, this book is definitely chill-inducing and boot-quivering.

Stay away from these places on All Hallow’s Eve.

Unless you find them within a book’s leaves.

What other lit locales deliver a spook?

Let Shmoop know by Tweet or Facebook.

Introducing Shmoop Civics and Shmoop Biography

“You’ll never get anywhere in life.”
— Albert Einstein’s 7th Grade Teacher (TRUE STORY)

Hi from Shmoop 🙂

2008: Year of the Rat.
2009: Year of the Ox.
2010: Year of the Shmoop.

** NEW: Shmoop Civics – Because Civics Is Way Cooler than It Sounds **

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Stuff you’ll think about in Shmoop Civics:

Gun Rights:

 I have the right to defend myself.
                          Guns make the world more violent and dangerous.
       I hate guns, but maybe they are important sometimes.
                    (Did you know Shmoop’s fearless leader has actually been shot?)

Gay Marriage:

                 Everyone should have the right to marry.
  Marriage is between a man and a woman.
           What does marriage mean?
                         (It’s all about the bachelor party)

Affirmative Action:

      Affirmative action is necessary in an unjust society.
                    Affirmative action is discrimination.
        Our society is flawed.
                “Affirmative Action is over. Obama won.” – roughly Stephen Colbert

The Constitution. Law. Politics. Government.

Civics is really about YOU. About US. Who WE want to be as a society. The issues that get us fired up. Abortion. Students’ right to free speech at school. Gay marriage. Immigrant rights. Religious freedom. Stem cell research. Affirmative action. Gun rights. The right to burn a flag.

Where do you stand?

** NEW: Shmoop Biography – The Ultimate VIP Pass. **

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Shmoop lets you dive into the lives and minds of people who shaped the world. James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway picking fights in bars? Did you know George Washington was sterile? Shmoop Biography is brand spankin’ new, and we’re at your service – so, tell us whose life you’d like to explore.

** New Arrivals on Shmoop Literature **
(And You Thought Octomom Had Her Hands Full)

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  • The Aeneid, by Virgil
  • Anthem, by Ayn Rand
  • Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard
  • "Barn Burning," by William Faulkner
  • "The Black Cat," by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev
  • Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin
  • "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor," by J.D. Salinger
  • Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare
  • The Iliad, by Homer
  • Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost, by William Shakespeare
  • "The Masque of the Red Death," by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
  • The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot
  • "Murders in the Rue Morgue," by Edgar Allan Poe
  • My Ántonia, by Willa Cather
  • "The Necklace," by Guy de Maupassant
  • Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
  • A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction, by J.D.

  • Sula, by Toni Morrison
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

    ** New Arrivals on Shmoop Poetry **
    (What Could Be Better than a Poem in Your Pocket?)

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  • "Afterwards," by Thomas Hardy
  • "Goblin Market," by Christina Rossetti
  • "Jabberwocky," by Lewis Carroll
  • "Porphyria’s Lover," by Robert Browning
  • "The Sick Rose," by William Blake
  • "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," by Wallace Stevens
  • "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • New on Shmoop: a “Woolf,” an Albatross, & Pigs

    Pig Out on Our Enhanced Coverage of Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution
    • 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
    What Gives with the Saying “Albatross Around the Neck?” Check out Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Classic Poem
    "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" may be one of the most influential and eerie poems in the English language, but it's a doozy of a confusing read. An old sailor stops a wedding guest and says, essentially, "I know you want to get your drink and your dance on, but now I'm going to tell you a really long story about how I got my entire crew killed and almost died myself because I acted like a jerk while sailing the far reaches of the globe."

    New this Week on Shmoop!

    New this Week on Shmoop Literature

    “Bartleby the Scrivener,” by Herman Melville

    “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde

    No Longer At Ease, by Chinua Achebe

    Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare

    New this Week on Shmoop Poetry

    “Fire and Ice,” by Robert Frost

    “Tintern Abbey,” by William Wordsworth

    “Ulysses” (poem), by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    “When I Consider How My Light is Spent,” by John Milton

    Tackle Fall Finals: 200+ Topics Now on Shmoop

    Hi from Shmoop HQ,

    Snow (in Houston), mean old Mr. Grinch (on television), and ugly sweater parties (everywhere). Oh, yes, it’s December. And that means finals are here, too.

    Sharpen your brain for final exams and papers.

    Shmoop now covers more than 200 topics:

    Shmoop packed on the pounds just in time for finals. Let’s call it our “Freshman 18.”

    New in Shmoop Literature:

    New in Shmoop Poetry:

    Are we missing something on your reading list? Let us know.
    Make some noise in our new feedback forums. Make suggestions. Vote up your faves.

    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