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  • What is Shmoop?

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    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.

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  • Power in Literature: Short Stories Play all

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  • American Literature Play all

    Shmoop loves Moby-Dick. (Don't judge.) But we don't love torturing you with it. So with American Literature, we're going to do things a little differently. After all, doing things differently is as American as you can get. http://www.shmoop.com/courses/ela-11-american-literature-...
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    Who decided that Queen Victoria got her own era? Why do we call it Modernism when it happened over a century ago? www.shmoop.com/literature/
    • A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed: Oh, How Hollywood by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 1,359 views
      And you thought a nymph was a naturally lovely woodland creature. To be fair, so did we. But boy did Jonathan Swift prove us wrong.

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    • The Aeneid by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 23,037 views
      Aeneas goes from minor character to creator of Rome, the city that conquered the world. We wonder what Virgil could have done for Robin, Batman's perpetual sidekick. http://www.shmoop.com/aeneid/
    • The Aeneid (Version 2) by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 824 views
      It's amazing how you can read an entire 300 page book and still not know what the heck it's about. Not that it happened to us or anything...

      http://www.shmoop.com/aeneid/
    • A Hunger Artist (Franz Kafka) by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 809 views
      Lit Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/hunger-artist/

      Guy in a black leotard. In a cage. Not eating. Weird? Yes. Popular? Absolutely. His short story includes iconic artist-figures: a mouse singer...
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    • A Modest Proposal...In 21st Century Media by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 1,035 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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    • Beowulf by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 17,272 views
      Written in Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries, Beowulf is an epic poem that reflects the early medieval warrior culture of Europe. Basically it's a poem about ...
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    • The Book Thief by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 2,402 views
      In Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, death narrates the story of the Holocaust. Not surprisingly, it's kind of a downer. By using black humor, he lightens the mood in a sarcastic tone. Why did Zusak ...
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    • The Count of Monte Cristo by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 59 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 747 views
      They say revenge is a dish best served cold. In our opinion, however, it should be popped into the microwave for about 30-45 seconds.

      Lit Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/count-of-monte-cristo/
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    • The Diary of Anne Frank by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 54 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 591 views
      Anne Frank's diary, appropriately named The Diary of Anne Frank, discusses her joys, fears, insecurities, and doubts. Why did she keep a journal? Did she hope it would later show the suffering she...
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    • The Diary of Anne Frank Summary by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 59 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 8,117 views
      She was just a girl... who found herself in some unimaginably awful circumstances. If you feel like gaining some valuable perspective on the drama in your life, cozy up with this little book.

      Rea...
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    • Gulliver's Travels by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 558 views
      Gulliver's Travels is all about being lost at sea and adventure. And you thought big guys had trouble traveling on airplanes. It will take more than a second seat in coach to accommodate this behem...
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    • Gulliver's Travels Summary by Shmoop - Duration: 4 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 16,536 views
      And you thought big guys had trouble traveling on airplanes. It will take more than a second seat in coach to accommodate this behemoth. Until, of course, he's surrounded by virtual giants, in whic...
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    • How to Write an Argumentative Essay by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 237,338 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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    • Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers by Shmoop - Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 226,636 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 A Killer Thesis Statement by Shmoop - Duration: 5 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 203,658 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.

      • 2 years ago
      • 196,334 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...
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    • Inductive VS Deductive Reasoning by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 1 second.

      • 3 years ago
      • 175,327 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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    • Writing a Killer Conclusion - Duration: 5 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 108,774 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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    • Thesis Sentence vs. Topic Sentence by Shmoop - Duration: 3 minutes, 57 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 94,605 views
      One night only! Exclusive cage match between Thesis Sentence and Topic Sentence! Pick up your tickets at Will Call!

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    • Sentence Types by Shmoop - Duration: 4 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 93,466 views
      We are all about having options here at Shmoop. Having the same chocolate chip cookie every single day would get pretty boring (maybe). Same goes for sentences. Try out the various flavors in this ...
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    • Subject Verb Agreement by Shmoop - Duration: 5 minutes, 4 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 85,145 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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    • Subject and Object Pronouns by Shmoop - Duration: 6 minutes, 27 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 66,186 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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    • Run-on Sentences by Shmoop - Duration: 4 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 59,201 views
      Run-on sentences don't necessarily need to run on forever, but they can get a little out of control if you don't know what you're doing. Watch this video so you can keep up (or prevent yourself
      fr...
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    • Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences by Shmoop - Duration: 4 minutes, 57 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 58,350 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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