Shmoop's (Natural) Resources for Teachers

Mined by us. Refined by you. Loved by your students.

Shmoop is a labor of love from people who love to teach. Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities (including Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale) have spent sleepless nights dreaming up Shmoop.

We love literature, history, and poetry and we want to help you use today's technology and culture to bring these subjects to life for students.

  • Supplement in-classroom learning with fun, engaging, and relatable learning materials that bring subjects to life.
  • Use relevant and current cultural points-of-reference to help students see how inspiring and useful these subjects are to their daily lives.
  • Bring multiple points-of-view to light on each subject. There's rarely one correct interpretation.
  • Insist on original and critical thought.
  • Use a conversational writing tone (not your typical textbook writing!) to make topics approachable and accessible.
  • Convince students "why they should care" about each topic we cover.
  • Engage students in a conversation and ask tough questions that don't have easy answers.
  • Help students and teachers harness the Internet and discover the best multimedia materials on every subject we cover.
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