Here at Shmoop, we work for kids, not just the bottom line. Founded by David Siminoff and his wife Ellen Siminoff, Shmoop was originally conceived to generate a love of learning in kids—who were still learning with the same tools that the Siminoffs had used when they were in school. Every day, we provide consistent support for more than 10 million users and their 21st-century educational needs.
Unlike most writers we hear about from the 1800s, Twain was actually pretty famous and respected in his day...although not for his real name, of course. He was born Samuel Clemons, and his life was a whole lot more than writing popular books that would eventually be censored all over the U.S. in the mid-1900s. Check out this video to learn more.
Hi, Shmoopers, Do you usually answer the question ¿Hablas español? with a tentative…¿Sí? Yeah, that’s what we thought. And we want to turn that into a resounding ¡Claro que sí!—so we’ve put together complete curriculum in Spanish I. We’ll take you from cero to héroe as you learn the Spanish language while also soaking up the culture of various […]
Happy Father’s Week, Shmoopers! As we get ready for Dad’s Day on Sunday (you’re welcome for the reminder), we decided to draw a few portraits of literary dads to hang on our walls. We skipped Atticus since we already have a life-sized cut-out of Gregory Peck, but we hope we did justice to the rest. Victor […]
Hey there, Shmoopers! We know: you’re antsy for summer break. You can practically feel the sun on your shoulders and hear the ocean waves calling your name… Oh wait. That’s just your teacher waking you up. (Come on, buddy. Third time this week.) What’s the wake-up call this time? Summer reading assignments. Yep, all you want […]
Hi, Shmoopers, As the school year winds down, everyone’s starting to get antsy for summer. That means it’s harder than ever to focus—and easier than ever to fall down the internet rabbit hole. And while we’re sure you can find the perfect gif for any occasion without blinking an eye, do you know how the internet…works? […]
Hi, Shmoopers, You already know Shmoop as your home for all things Shakespeare. Now we’ve added another treat to the mix: Shakespeare in Modern English. The way we see it, reading a modern English version of Shakespeare just isn’t the same. But, uh, not understanding what on earth he’s saying? Not so great either. We’ve got […]
Hi, Shmoopers, Did Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination actually start World War I? Why did Nixon write an entire speech about a dog? And how is “Ich bin ein Berliner” even pronounced? These are questions you’ve asked yourself a zillion times. Or, you know, never. With Shmoop’s new Learning Guides for Historical Texts, you can dive […]
Hey, Shmoopers! You’ve purchased twenty-seven copies of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! to give as graduation gifts…but when’s the last time you actually read a book by Dr. Seuss? Yeah, that’s what we thought. As you look back on your high school career (or look forward to whatever’s left of it), why not go on a […]
Hey, Shmoopers, We want to test your knowledge of sequels. So take a break from shipping Thomas and Teresa, and see how well you know your YA dystopian thrillers. Good luck—and don’t let the tracker jackers sting. How Well Do You Know Your YA Dystopian Thriller Sequels? Name the sequel to each of the following books: 1. The Hunger […]
Hey, Shmoopers, ‘Tis the season to be panicky: yep, we’re talking about AP® Season. Things get started soon, which means you have just enough time to get your act together. 5 Foolproof* Ways to Score a 5 on Your AP Exams 1. Make Educated Guesses on Multiple-Choice Questions There’s no penalty for incorrect answers on […]
Hey, Shmoopers, Earth Day—or Mirth Day, as we like to call it—is tomorrow. Started in 1970, Earth Day is meant to get everyone on board with saving the environment: planting trees, thinking about renewable energy, recycling our Oreo sleeves…all to delay our inevitable planetary extinction. While we were sitting in the dark conserving electricity, we imagined what celebratory […]