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  • What is Shmoop?

    11,441 views 7 months ago
    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.

    Videos are added daily to our YouTube channel and our site is constantly updated with new features and videos as well.
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    • Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 98,110 views
      Meet our gang of fraction friends: proper fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers. Learn how to convert improper fractions to and from mixed numbers. Warning: even though some of these n...
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    • How to Write an Argumentative Essay by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 86,278 views
      Argumentative Essay: http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/argumentative

      Who doesn't love a good argument? There's something invigorating about persuading another to come around to your point of view. ...
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    • Inductive VS Deductive Reasoning by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 1 second.

      • 1 year ago
      • 71,157 views
      There are two different ways to use reasoning: deductive and inductive. Deductive reasoning starts with a general theory, statement, or hypothesis and then works its way down to a conclusion based ...
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    • How To Write A Killer Thesis Statement by Shmoop - Duration: 5 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 66,705 views
      How are serial killers and great thesis statements have similar? They both have strength, clarity of purpose, specific targets, and an interesting story. Thankfully for your teacher the resemblance...
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    • How to Identify Ethos, Logos and Pathos by Shmoop - Duration: 4 minutes, 21 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 38,231 views
      There are some little tricks of the trade you can use when trying to bring readers around to your point of view. And none of them involve dangling a watch in front of their eyes or asking them to s...
    • Thesis Sentence vs. Topic Sentence by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 57 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 37,398 views
      One night only! Exclusive cage match between Thesis Sentence and Topic Sentence! Pick up your tickets at Will Call!

      http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/index
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    • Writing a Killer Conclusion by Shmoop - Duration: 5 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 31,408 views
      Conclusions are key. Without them, you feel incomplete, unfinished, lonely. Ok, well maybe that's a little dramatic, but you get the idea. Everything worth telling deserves a conclusion. Don't you ...
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    • Meter In Poetry by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 33 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 20,690 views
      On Shmoop: http://www.shmoop.com/introduction-to-poetry-collins/rhym...
      Without meter in poetry, beat poets wouldn't have a beat. And then they'd just be oddballs standing up on stage...
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    • Subject Verb Agreement by Shmoop - Duration: 5 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 20,658 views
      Did you know that the same noun could be a singular or a plural subject? We know, we know, so totally rude. But with an English language littered with vague grammar rules, are you even surprised?
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    • Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences by Shmoop - Duration: 4 minutes, 57 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 20,128 views
      Things sure seem intimidating when they're grouped in threes, don't they? Don't worry... these guys won't bite. Actually, we'd watch out for clauses. They can get a bit nippy. A sentence has a cap...
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    • Unit Rate by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 17,102 views
      Unit Rate on Shmoop: http://www.shmoop.com/ratios-percentages/unit-rate.html

      Approximately 874 people per day wonder what a unit rate is. A unit rate is an expression of two subjects that are meas...
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    • Subject and Object Pronouns by Shmoop - Duration: 6 minutes, 27 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 15,606 views
      Them bought we some chocolate chip cookies. Wait...that didn't sound right. That's probably why there are rules for this kind of thing.

      Learn more about writing on our website: http://www.shmoop....
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  • Shakespeare Play

    • A Midsummer's Nights Dream by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,631 views
      Mid Summer's Night Dream Lit Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/midsummer-nights-dream/

      Aren't midsummer's night dreams the worst? You wake up all sweaty and gross, and for a minute there, you can't eve...
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    • A Midsummer Night's Dream Summary by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 4,155 views
      Love potions are tricky business (not that we've ever tried using one, of course). They can make you fall in love with the wrong
      person...or, in the case of the lovestruck queen in this story, not...
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    • As You Like It by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,494 views
      We're not sure if good ol' Shakespeare would endorse The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but that's not going to stop us from hosting themed viewing parties every season. The proposals just melt you...
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    • Features of a Shakespearean Tragedy by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 4,496 views
      Looking for an uplifting evening at the theatre? Consider a Shakespearean
      tragedy! Sure, there's murder, suicide, betrayal, anguish, and loss... but
      you can pick up half price Junior Mints in the ...
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    • Hamlet by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,369 views
      Hamlet Lit Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/hamlet/
      If you're in the play Hamlet and your name is Fortinbras, you are a lucky, lucky man. Through all the death and turmoil in the play, this character m...
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    • Hamlet: Ghost Dad by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 355 views
      For some people, their dad was barely there during their childhood. For Hamlet, his dad was literally not there. Like... he could see through him. Now that's an absent parent.

      Hamlet Ghost Dad Lit...
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    • Hamlet Summary by Shmoop - Duration: 5 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 5,201 views
      If you're in the play Hamlet, and your name is Fortinbras... you are a lucky, lucky man. Except for the fact that your name is "Fortinbras." We just know people call you 'Fartinbras" behind your ba...
    • Summary of William Shakespeare's "Henry V" - Duration: 4 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 1,369 views
      Based on this story, you might think King Henry should have ditched the throne to become a motivational speaker. He'd probably have to lose the crown though, not to mention all the jewels… Yeah, ne...
    • Julius Caesar by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 16 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 4,837 views
      Julius Caesar was the rock star of ancient Rome. He dominated the politics, crushed down the opposition, won wars, kissed babies, etc. etc. However, soon other the political power players in Rome...
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    • Julius Caesar Summary by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,263 views
      We totally understand loving your country, but don't murder your best friend over it. That's a bit over the top. Stick to flying flags and singing national anthems, please.

      Check out our literatur...
    • King Lear by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 4,571 views
      King Lear was an evil king. He wanted pain and for everyone to be in a world of hurt. But after his death, we wonder why he died. Was it from a broken heart? Was that where his bitterness came from...
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    • Macbeth by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,283 views
      Macbeth Lit guide: http://www.shmoop.com/macbeth/

      Don't ever speak his name in a theatre unless you really want to tick off some superstitious actors. But, if you're at home, watching this video.....
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  • Essay Writing Play

    • Analogies by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 9 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 430 views
      If you took the SAT before 2005, you might remember that nasty little analogies section, where you'd have to fill out things like Analogies:SAT::MySpace:Internet.

      Check out our Shmoopy definition ...
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    • Analysis Essay by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 47 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 854 views
      Analysis Essay on Shmoop! http://www.shmoop.com/writing-guide/analysis-essay-lab/

      Do you over analyze everything? Well, then you'll love this type of essay. Hm? Oh, nothing we just thought...no, s...
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    • APA Style by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 33 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 261 views
      Psychologists like to have their own style of formatting and referencing. It's not too difficult, but make sure you follow their guidelines closely. We hear that they like to analyze the heck out o...
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    • An Explanation of Booker's Seven Plot Types - Duration: 6 minutes, 44 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 401 views
      Who knew every book ever written could be slotted into one of seven plot types? Christopher Booker, that's who. J.R.R. Tolkien probably has a few things to say about the theory—but what do you thin...
    • Both Sides of the Story by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 848 views
      When presenting an argument in an essay, you may want to play Devil's Advocate. Don't play it with the Devil himself, though. That guy always wins.

      Come check out our site for more helpful informa...
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    • Can I End a Sentence in a Preposition? by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 59 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 183 views
      Totally. Sometimes that's just where it's got to be at. Okay, so that was a terrible example. But it really can work. Don't just take out word for it though; watch this video and see for yourself!
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    • Can My 5-Paragraph Essay Have 6 Paragraphs? - Duration: 3 minutes, 43 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 232 views
      If five paragraphs is simply not going to cut it, then take six and throw in that extra example You'll want to ask your teacher first, but how many do you think will actually deny you the right to ...
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    • Can My Essay Be In First Person? by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 279 views
      Well, if you're crafting a formal exposé on the accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln, you probably shouldn't use first-person pronouns. You don't really belong there. However, writing about your late...
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    • Cause & Effect by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 44 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 646 views
      Just because one thing happens after another doesn't mean the first thing caused the second. That is the basic principle of cause and effect. Using cause and effect in an essay can be a great way t...
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    • Chicago Style by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 52 views
      Don't fret—you don't need to hail from Al Capone's stomping grounds in order to master this style. All you need to do is watch our video!

      Learn more about writing on our website: http://www.shmoo...
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    • Choosing and Using Quotations by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 2,465 views
      Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." Perhaps he was referring to this set of rules for using quotations in your essay. Although we wouldn't recommend you live by the raven's examples. Birds live by a tota...
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    • Choosing A Topic by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 221 views
      We were so moved by Angelina Jolie's overseas adoptions that we created a proposal to bring foreign-born children over by the thousands! Think about the possibilities. We're being totally serious.....
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  • American Literature Play

    • A&P (John Updike) by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 9 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,181 views
      Lit Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/ap-updike/

      Three scantily clad young girls enter a store. No, this isn't your grandfather about to tell an inappropriate joke. And no, you're not watching a Carl's...
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    • A Farewell To Arms by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,237 views
      You might be hearing a chorus of farewells if you recommend Farewell to Arms as the next read for your Fabulously Feisty Feminist Book Club.
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    • A Raisin in the Sun Summary by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 2,808 views
      We know that snacking on some dry raisins in the beating hot sun doesn't sound like the most appetizing thing in the world. But stick with us and you'll see just how juicy and appetizing this story...
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    • A Rose For Emily by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,927 views
      What? She gets a rose and we don't? Who is this Emily person anyway? What's she done to deserve such a delightful, aromatic gift?
      http://www.shmoop.com/a-rose-for-emily/
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    • As I Lay Dying by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 29 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,494 views
      Lit Guide:http://www.shmoop.com/as-i-lay-dying/
      You know how it is at Thanksgiving dinner, when you've got 15 people with drastically different agendas all trying to talk over one another and steal...
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    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 148 views
      One minute we're crying out of sadness, then next thing you know we're crying out of laughter. Arnold's diary puts ours to shame. Excuse us while we go journal about how terrible that makes us feel...
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    • Book Summary of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie - Duration: 4 minutes, 22 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 2,500 views
      In order to understand Arnold's diary, you'll have to speak his language—cartoons. Huh, now that we say it out loud it doesn't sound too difficult, after all. We've been training every Sunday morni...
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 476 views
      You thought that censorship was non-existant in America? Think again. One of the most banned books of all-time is good old Huckleberry Finn. Largely due to its use of profane and racist language, m...
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    • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Summary by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 6,902 views
      We are looking for someone to share in the adventure that we have arranged... Don't worry. This quest involves river rafts and plantations, not greedy dragons and dangerous goblins that want to eat...
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    • Shmoop Sidebar: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 485 views
      How much skill does it take for Tom to get someone to pay him so that they can do his chores? Get that? We know it's long. Basically he is being paid to have his work done for him. Isn't that nice?...
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    • Africa (Angelou) by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 2 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 590 views
      Africa (Angelou) http://www.shmoop.com/africa-maya-angelou/

      In Maya Angelou's poem Africa, she compares Africa's pain and struggles to a woman being brutalized. Why does she do this? Is it to draw...
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    • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Duration: 4 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 139 views
      So you're having a bad day. You're dog peed on your bed, your mom burnt your pop-tarts, and you tripped over a chair...at your graduation ceremony. Want to know what we hear? Average, average, aver...
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