Thursday, April 9, 2009

Shmoop Will Help You Pass (Giveaway)

Finals are just around the corner - along with various book reports and projects that your kids have been putting off for weeks now. Do they need a little extra help with Literature, History or Poetry?

Point them toward Shmoop! Shmoop is the place to help them figure out what to write about, or Make studying less of a snooze-fest it will even help them Blow their teacher's mind with video, audio, photos, and web links on the topics they're studying.

The hot topics in Shmoop's Literature section today are Beowulf, Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Giver. Two of my all-time favorites from this list that I fondly remember studying in High School were Hamlet and To Kill a Mockingbird - classics that will always be a integral part of literature. But I do remember struggling with the themes behind the themes and deeper meanings - Shmoop helps you dig deeper without the struggle.

Shmoop's History section can help you with topics like Who won and who lost the Civil war and why it still matters. You can learn more about Roosevelt's "New Deal", the Great Depression and World War II.

Shmoop's Poetry guides will help "Demystify great poems with our deep and plain-spoken analysis and interpretation".

There's even a Book Club where right now, the topic is the immensely popular "Twilight" series - even I can get into that one!

Shmoop is not a shortcut and wholeheartedly discourages plagiarism - so you can be sure your kids will get the help they need, not just something to copy. FYI: Did you know that, as a teacher's wife I am constantly hearing of really bright kids who rampantly plagiarize - don't they realize it takes about two minutes on google for Teachers to know if it's original or not? Make sure your kids know not to take the chance, send them to Shmoop to get the insight they need to write a paper that they'll be proud of doing on their own.

The great folks at Shmoop are going to give one lucky reader a 2-disc DVD of the hit movie Twilight and popcorn to one very lucky winner.

There are several ways to enter - here are the rules:

* Pop on over to Shmoop and take a look at how these they can help your kiddos write papers that truly show how smart they are. Then come back and leave us a comment telling us your favorite part of Shmoop.

* Become a follower on Twitter. Leave me a comment to let me know your twitter name (if you are already a follower, leave me a comment with your twitter name).

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* Place our widget on your blog (it's toward the bottom of this page in the far right column - just click "get widget" at the bottom of the widget [under the heading "Grab our Widget"]). Leave me a comment with your site url.

There you have it! Six very simple ways to enter our contest - how easy is that? Complete rules can be found on our Contest page.

This contest ends Wednesday, April 15th at 11:59pm (pdst) so don't wait - make sure you've gotten all six entries before it's too late! Please note: entries received after the cutoff time will be deleted prior to drawing a winner.



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147 comments:

Jillian L. said...

Schmoop sounds totally exciting!!! I'm a fan on Facebook: Jillian Luttrell.
Thanks for this great giveaway, Pink Lemonade.

Chris said...

I really like the details in the book club section! Quotes, Study Questions, etc are great!

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Nicole D said...

I think its great that they have a section on plagirism. I think its great to offer advice on subjects to write out, but that they take a stance on outright copying from their website.

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Rita M said...

I like that the website is set up to provide important facts and is not set up as a ready-made report. Students can actually use their own minds!

Jayfr said...

I like the ability to ask for opinions from others on a book. If they get a variety of answers, that helps learning.

cdziuba said...

I like the fact that they consider the technological age our kids are growing up in, and how easily they can get bored because of the instant gratification of electronica: "Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age."

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JACLYN said...

Very interesting site, I would have enjoyed it back in high school. I like how they break down poems to understand them more easily.
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Erica C. said...

this is great! thanks :)

Sue said...

I love the easy breakdown to find by subject. My son will LOVE this. Thanks for sharing~

denyse said...

I love the breakdown of questions and answers and subjects.

agordon10 said...

I love the easy to rerad breakdowns, where was this 10 years ago?

susie said...

Luv to win this. Heard so much about it!

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malleycc said...

I like the nutshell version of the books and then the why we care. Pretty interesting.

CiCi said...

I like the Book Club aspect.

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mverno said...

its set up for all ages. mverno@roadrunner.com

Qwill said...

I liked the book review part of Shmoop.

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estah said...

I love how the information is so concisely divided up so a student can get the info they need with a quickness.

I wish we had Shmoop when I was in school!!!

leandrew said...

Great site! Great giveaway! Great prize!

I love the 'Book Club' section of Shmoop!

My son is an avid reader and would really enjoy this informative and fun site!

Please, include us in your giveaway drawing!

Thanks and good luck to all!

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Courtney said...

What a great idea! Schmoop will definitely be recommended to all of my friends. Thanks for the opportunity :)

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Anonymous said...

I love that it has a us history section...since history was my favorite subject.

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angie said...

There are a ton of sources on there to help kids with schoolwork. "Shmoop content is written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities..." Very cool.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

love it helps but does not have it written- answers and guides

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KR said...

I liked how easy it was to navigate through the poetry section and select either the title or the author to find what you were looking for.

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deedleweedle said...

I like the details in the book club section, because I read a lot of books!

ky2here said...

This is helpful information. Media information is so fragmented. WE need helpful compilations like this.

Anonymous said...

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I'm impressed with the attention to detail and especially the Book Review section, wish that I'd had something like this for my high school days! What a wonderful site and very thoughtfully put together!

Proud Wife of a U.S. Soldier said...

I love how they have "in a nutshell" about books I had to read in high school. The synopsis is awesome & right on; It covers all the main points of the book.

Carolyn G said...

I like that they address plagerism.

Carolyn G said...

I subscribe

bleatham said...

I like the "in a nutshell" area and the book reviews too...very informative site

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mom2anutball said...

I like that they make the poems easy to read! Thanks for the chance!
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Kristi said...

I subscribe via google reader - skullaria at gmail dot com. Please enter me! Thanks.

chromiumman said...

love the history section

Jenndiggy said...

I love the Literature section. I'm trying to read some classics myself (didn't have to read any in school) and I may use this site myself sometimes! I could have really used it when I was reading Portrait of the Artist a couple years ago. Had a lot of difficulty with that one!

randycur0962 said...

I would have liked this site back in high school.

Darlene said...

They have a section for teachers.

mmentor said...

this is my first time on this site

Katie said...

Great site. I plan on using to help with book club discussions. Thanks. Twitter follower ckmm04

Carol Lawrence said...

I spent time in the Cvil War section. jelly15301@gmail.com

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lsfish said...

Lots of good information for research

buzzd said...

I like the book reviews and how easy it is to quickly get information

idahomom said...

I like that it is easy to use.

littlelatina said...

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trudee said...

I love this site it is excellant

VickieB said...

Easy to navigate site. I checked out the Civil War section and liked that it not only summarized the war but that it had a time line of events as well.

cdrury said...

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live the Q & A aspects

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clynsg said...

The fact that they have information on so many different subjects that is easily accessible would be a great help to students, especially since it is presented in a way that pretty well discourages plagirism.

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kinetickismet said...

What a cool site! I love how thorough and well organized it is.

JillianLVeit said...

It sounds like a great program

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sweetsue said...

I like how Schmoop has kids imagining Hamlet in a reality show!
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Justine said...

I like that they try to actually teach people the material, not just the 'short cut'

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Pam said...

I like that it explains the plot easily with a category such as In a Nutshell. Then they follow it up with Why Should I Care? It's written in a way that explains yet is entertaining and engaging. Why didn't I have this when "I" was in high school!! (I checked out Beowulf)

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turboterp said...

I love that there's a Shmoop Book Club!
This is the first I've heard of Shmoop, so thanks for the tip!

tesashel said...

Seems like an OK site. Whatever happened to opening a good 'ol encyclopedia? Guess this is the new way of studying. I'd refer my son if he needed it.

tatertot374 said...

I like how it is based on facts. Thank you!
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Sunnyvale said...

looks like a good learning tool

vboackle said...

i like that poems are explained.

MAC Mom said...

Shmoop sounds greta for my oldest son. It canhelp him write history papers. I do crazy trying to help him write them. Its great they also discourage plagiarism.
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justicecw said...

I like the book reviews they have! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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wendy said...

I like the poetry analysis section of the website.

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maweisberg said...

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sohamolina said...

I like the US History section.
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Melanie said...

Wow, The Civi War Section is really great. It seems like they have all the information there. I think this site is a good thing, an easy way to find the facts written in a way that Kids will understand.


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Gabriel J. said...

There are many sources on there to help kids with schoolwork.

Anonymous said...

The Book Club section

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Princess Golden Hair said...

as a teacher, i cheated and went to the teacher section. I loved the idea that you could assign a Shmoop reading to your class. On your classroom blog, have students post a link to passages, photos, or videos they found on Shmoop, along with their personal reaction.

Kids are very computer savy and i think that this would keep them more engaged in the lesson therefore remembering more about what they learned.

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llinda29 said...

Study American history from multiple perspectives

Angela said...

I think this site would be great for the kids - they tend to get blocked and not know where to start for information. The Book Club section would be of great interest to my daughter.

mudrunnersmom said...

there is such depth and breadth of information available. I wish this would have been around when I was a kid

TRUN said...

The Book review section would have been super helpful when I was in high school.

Anonymous said...

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

My son has ADHD and this is definitely how I have to "get through to him".

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Jinxy and Me said...

It's good how it is divided by subjects - makes things easier!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite part of Shmoop is the demystifying of great poems.

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Mishia said...

I love Shmoop!I'm going to definitely start using it for school.

susan1215 said...

I love the breakdown of questions and answers and subjects

tlcfromtn said...

I like how easy the site is to navigate. I looked around the US History section, especially the Civil War, and found it very informative. I like that they have pictures as well.

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theolotto said...

I like how it's organized and info is easy to find.

saragillman said...

I love the book reviews

Teresa E said...

I like the time line. Great site !

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Suz said...

I like that there is a section for teachers.

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Anonymous said...

I like that they encourage siting them as a reference and even show how to do it.
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Kattzzz said...

It's like cliff notes online! I like the literature part.

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dvice said...

I like that they have such a great variety of study guides

blown96cobra said...

I like the special section for teachers.

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the fact that they consider the technological age our kids are growing up in, and how easily they can get bored because of the instant gratification of electronica: "Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age."

onosquanna said...

The ability to ask for opinions from others on a book.

ladyt64 said...

I like that you can search by title or author.

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rmc1ra said...

Schmoop sounds GREAT, to have a resource to help kids and/or adults understand the intricacies of Shakespeare, Dante, or Homer is something just about everyone could use. As a lover of literature I think this is something useful and something I will tell my kids about.

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Maja said...

opinions sharing is nice

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Aaron said...

My Wife would love this!

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chazvgo said...

I like the way everything is broken down into different sections. Great site. Thanks :)

bndraldy said...

My favorite part of Shmoop is how it is divided by subjects which makes things easier to understand and less confusing! Oh how I wish I had something like this back in my high school and college days!!! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

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Donna said...

My son could have used the site to work on his civil war projects.
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The Book Club section looks very interesting!

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