Friday, September 17, 2010

You Can Do "Shmoop"

Shmoop is a resource you should explore.  From their website: 

Shmoop will make you a better lover (of literature, history, life). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time. 

Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age.

Who can argue this this mission?  This site has been a wealth of resources for English, Music and Social Studies teachers and now they have Pre-Algebra resources.  Shmoop resources are available free with an easy registration.   Here is the link to Twilight by Stephenie Myer  The page includes everything from an overview to quotes to teaching Twilight.

One of my favorites is the music section, with analysis of the song as you listen.  Here is a link to Jay-Z and Alicia Key's, Empire State of Mind.  Click "listen" to check out the feature.

Shmoop now has PSAT, SAT and AP exam "game" prep for a subscription fee.  I am not promoting this service.  However, you can decide if you think students would benefit from studying with Shmoop.

Teachers I have worked with are very excited about Shmoop and I hope you will check it out and see how simple it is to integrate this robust tool into your classroom.  It is easy and I know you can do Shmoop.  Happy Shmooping!

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