Videos uploaded by user “Shmoop”
Scansion 101 by Shmoop
This video explains how to scan and diagram a poem or other work of literature for meter and line length and identifies the metrical description of lines from Richard III and The Song of Hiawatha. What are the different names for the patterns in language? Why should we care about scanning poetry? What’s Iambic Pentameter, anyway? Check out our Shmoopy definition of Scansion here: http://www.shmoop.com/literature-glossary/scansion.html Roses are red, poems are Shmooped. Want to know more about poetry? Here's our poetry page! http://www.shmoop.com/poetry/
Views: 85271 Shmoop
The Odyssey Summary by Shmoop
On his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War, Odysseus runs into everything from sirens to sea monsters to seductresses. Such is life when you anger the sea god Poseidon while trying to sail home (pro tip: not a smart move). Thank the gods for Athena. And don’t even get us started on what he finds when he finally makes it back to Ithaca.
Views: 29025 Shmoop
Othello Summary by Shmoop
http://www.shmoop.com/othello/summary.html This video provides a summary of Othello, as told by Iago, a conniving man who weaves a convoluted web of lies to take down the successful moor Othello. What comes next? Well, deception, fighting, and murder, for a start. Plus, there’s a handkerchief in there somewhere.
Views: 43597 Shmoop
How To Write A Killer Thesis Statement by Shmoop
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 stops there. Learn more about writing on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/
Views: 427730 Shmoop
The Wanderer by Shmoop
You'll never guess what this Old English poem is about. Oh... yeah. It is about some dude who wanders around a lot. Wait, have you read it before? http://www.shmoop.com/the-wanderer/
Views: 10302 Shmoop
Wuthering Heights Summary by Shmoop
Heathcliff may not be as much of a romantic hero as Mr. Darcy, but you'll fall in love with him all the same. If you tend to love self-serving and revengeful brooders, that is. Check out our learning guide to get the broader scoop on Wuthering Heights: http://www.shmoop.com/wuthering-heights/summary.html
Views: 65285 Shmoop
Inductive VS Deductive Reasoning by Shmoop
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 on evidence. Inductive reasoning starts with a small observation or question and works it's way to a theory by examining the related issues. Writing Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/
Views: 369422 Shmoop
The Merchant of Venice Summary by Shmoop
We tend to think of Shakespeare as the timeless author who did nothing but craft beautiful, hilarious plays for our enjoyment. However, the fact is that he was a human being affected by the attitudes and beliefs of his time, just like the rest of us. Sorry to burst your Shakespearean bubble of bliss! For more Shakespeare gooides, check out: http://www.shmoop.com/william-shakespeare/ More learning fun can be found by exploring our website: http://www.shmoop.com
Views: 79291 Shmoop
A Rose For Emily by Shmoop
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/
Views: 15459 Shmoop
Hades (Pluto) by Shmoop
How would you like to spend your honeymoon in the Land of the Dead, surrounded by lost souls and despair? What, not the romantic vacation you were imagining? Unfortunately for Hades, Persephone would agree with you all too eagerly. Check out more Greek Mythology at: http://www.shmoop.com/mythology/ http://www.shmoop.com/hades-pluto/
Views: 3912 Shmoop
Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers by Shmoop
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 numbers may be tiny, they've got big personalities. Come check out our math guide for more helpful tips on improper fractions and mixed numbers. http://www.shmoop.com/fractions-decimals/mixed-numbers-improper-fractions.html
Views: 480663 Shmoop
Animal Farm Summary by Shmoop
Figurative sense is your prerogative.
Views: 52274 Shmoop
Either/or, Neither/nor and both/and by Shmoop
This video covers how to use either/or, neither/nor, and both/and. How do these word pairs change the meaning of a sentence? Do we use singular or plural verbs? Learn more about grammar on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/courses/grammar-rules-intro/
Views: 28550 Shmoop
Branches of Government
If our government were a tree, it would be a sad one—only three branches. The three branches of the government look like this: judicial, legislative, and executive. The executive branch includes the president and his administration; the judicial includes the Supreme Court and the federal court system; the legislative branch makes laws and includes the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Views: 7404 Shmoop
The Crucible Summary by Shmoop
The broken-hearted Abigail takes her revenge. You might never want to break-up with someone again after this video, so make sure the next person is the right one! http://www.shmoop.com/crucible/summary.html
Views: 74088 Shmoop
Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot
What is plot? What does a plot look like? This video explores the role of the plot in literature and uses Freytag’s Pyramid to outline the plot of Ray Bradbury’s short story "The Veldt" from exposition to dénouement.
Views: 67371 Shmoop
Jane Eyre Summary by Shmoop
This video covers the plot of Jane Eyre, a novel by Charlotte Brontë. In it, Jane Eyre, an orphan-turned-governess with a miserable childhood falls in love with her new boss, Mr. Rochester. He has it all: looks, money, a crazy wife locked up in the attic. What’s a girl to do? http://www.shmoop.com/jane-eyre/
Views: 37061 Shmoop
How to Write an Argumentative Essay by Shmoop
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. And hey - if you make them look a little stupid in the process, well... so be it. Learn more about writing on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/
Views: 516680 Shmoop
Affect vs Effect by Shmoop
This video explains the difference between affect and effect and provide tips for remembering which is which and when to use each one. If you suffer from Affect-Effect Switcheroo Syndrome, this video could be the cure. Learn more about grammar on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/courses/grammar-rules-intro/
Views: 11274 Shmoop
Parallel Structure by Shmoop
This video defines parallel structure and analyzes what makes it powerful (spoiler alert: sticking to a consistent part of speech, like infinitives, gerunds, or adverbs). How do you spot parallel structure and how do you fix it if something’s not quite right? Learn more about grammar on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/courses/grammar-rules-intro/
Views: 80258 Shmoop
The Aeneid by Shmoop
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/
Views: 49095 Shmoop
What is a Foil? by Shmoop
This video defines a foil and identifies foil characters in Harry Potter, Romeo and Juliet, and Return of the King. How do you identify a foil in a story? What purpose do they serve? How do they relate to the protagonist? Can a character be their own foil? If you would like to learn more about literature, let Shmoop guide you. http://www.shmoop.com/literature-glossary/foil.html
Views: 27856 Shmoop
Meter In Poetry by Shmoop
On Shmoop: http://www.shmoop.com/introduction-to-poetry-collins/rhyme-form-meter.html Without meter in poetry, beat poets wouldn't have a beat. And then they'd just be oddballs standing up on stage, saying random stuff for seemingly no reason whatsoever. Come to think of, that's not too far from the definition of a beat poet anyway.
Views: 120498 Shmoop
Centers of a Triangle by Shmoop
You might not think that the properties of a triangle would be particularly helpful in the realm of Tootsie Pop lickology. But boy would you be wrong. http://www.shmoop.com/congruent-triangles/
Views: 6441 Shmoop
Parallel Lines, Transversals, and Angles
Side by side but never touching, parallel lines have the best relationship. Why? Because it never changes.
Views: 82918 Shmoop
An Explanation of Booker's Seven Plot Types by Shmoop
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 think? Look at our literature guides to find out specific examples of various plot types: http://www.shmoop.com/literature/ And our super cool essay lab: http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/
Views: 13834 Shmoop
Angles by Shmoop
So, what's our angle? We want to help you learn about angles. Really; that's it. Shmoop has distilled our angle knowledge into a short video that will have viewers tossing around words like "acute" and "reflex" in no time. So, if you're looking for a video introduction to the world of angles that is anything but obtuse, you've come to the right place. Review on Angles: http://www.shmoop.com/basic-geometry/angles.html
Views: 6326 Shmoop
Animal Farm 1.10: Obey Propaganda
Need more help? Check out our page on Animal Farm here! http://www.shmoop.com/animal-farm/
Views: 3128 Shmoop
Things Fall Apart by Shmoop
Things Fall Apart Lit Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/things-fall-apart/ Okonkwo is a natural leader. He is an awesome farmer and tries to free his people from British rule. But for some random reason, he hangs himself. Is this as an act of cowardice? Or was he trying to prove a point?
Views: 7631 Shmoop
What is Archaeology? by Shmoop
This video defines Archaeology through a discussion of what Archaeologists study—from artifacts to the Pyramids. Why is Archaeology so important? Can it really help us learn about the past AND the present? http://www.shmoop.com/careers/archaeologist/
Views: 42281 Shmoop
Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution by Shmoop
To solve systems of equations by substitution simplify the equation to isolate one variable. It doesn't matter which one but let's use x. Next, substitute that equation into the variable x of the second equation and solve for the other variable, in this case y. Once you have y, just plug it in to either equation and solve for x. Solving Systems of Equations by Subs.: http://www.shmoop.com/linear-equation-systems/substituting-linear-equation-systems.html
Views: 104047 Shmoop
MLA Style Citing
This video goes over MLA citations: where to put page numbers, how to set up a works cited page, and how to cite with long quotes.
Views: 53169 Shmoop
Mythology: Hephaestus (Vulcan) by Shmoop
Would you like to be immortal? We expected as much. But how about if you were ugly and your mother tossed you out of your home, giving you a limp for all eternity? Yeah, bet living forever doesn't sound so great under those conditions. Titans keeping you down? Can't keep your Greek gods and Roman gods apart? Let Shmoop guide you through mythology. http://www.shmoop.com/mythology/
Views: 4196 Shmoop
The Raven by Shmoop
Tap tap tap. "Nevermore". While this sounds like some knock knock joke gone wrong, its actually the actions and words of a talking bird. Yup we mean it, a talking raven. In The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator is getting over a heartbreak and wants to be left alone. But, that raven has other plans. He starts talking to him. While we don't know if the bird is really talking or if it's antidepressants gone wrong, what we do know, is that the narrator goes insane by the end. Is this because of the raven? Or was there more to it? The Raven Lit Guide:http://www.shmoop.com/the-raven/
Views: 3768 Shmoop
Past vs. Passed by Shmoop
We passed by the donut shop as they put out a fresh batch this morning, but unhealthy eating is in our past. So we are definitely not sitting here enjoying warm, gooey Boston Creme donuts right now. Learn more about writing on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/courses/grammar-rules-intro/
Views: 2915 Shmoop
Subject Verb Agreement by Shmoop
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? Learn more about grammar on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/courses/grammar-rules-intro/ Learn more about writing on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/
Views: 183092 Shmoop
A Christmas Carol by Shmoop
How did Scrooge go from being grumpy to nice so quickly? and why? Just one question to think about when reading A Christmas Carol.
Views: 4115 Shmoop
College Tour: Brown University
The college search can be tricky. This video is here to help, with lots of fun facts and stats about Brown University, a top ranked school with an open curriculum and a vibrant, independent spirit. Plus, Emma Watson went there, so there’s that. Want to know more about Brown University? Check out the following link! http://www.shmoop.com/brown-university/
Views: 8098 Shmoop
How to Identify Pronoun Shifts by Shmoop
In this video, we explain a few different types of tricky pronoun shifts that will keep you on your toes. Seriously, start practicing that Ickey Shuffle—we have work to do.
Views: 10868 Shmoop
Shakespeare's Hamlet Part 12: Women's Roles
Need more help? Check out our page on William Shakespeare's Hamlet here! http://www.shmoop.com/hamlet/
Views: 1897 Shmoop
Parallel Lines and Transversals by Shmoop
This video explores parallel lines and transversals: how to identify them both on a math test and in real life urban planning. What do the consecutive interior angles tell us? What about the corresponding angles? How can we tell if two lines are parallel to each other? Review on Parallel Lines & Transversal: http://www.shmoop.com/basic-geometry/parallel-lines-transversals.html
Views: 42655 Shmoop
The Winter's Tale by Shmoop
Winters Tale Lit Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/winters-tale/ Winter's Tale is like the Disney movie of Shakespeare plays. There's castles, love, and magic. But, there's also murders, maulings, and love-children. But, hey, you can't have it all.
Views: 13472 Shmoop
Bad vs Badly by Shmoop
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your bad use of badly reflects badly on you. Watch this video to maintain your good street cred. Visit shmoop.com for more lessons on grammar. http://www.shmoop.com/courses/grammar-rules-intro/
Views: 2064 Shmoop
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Summary by Shmoop
Think of this video as a how-to guide for not getting lobotomized during your next visit to the looney bin. Practical? Maybe not. Entertaining? You bet. Look at our website for more information on this novel and more: http://www.shmoop.com/one-flew-over-cuckoos-nest/
Views: 42182 Shmoop
Everything You Need to Know about Helen of Troy
It might seem great to be the hottest woman on earth. But not for Helen of Troy. Kidnapped as a child, given away like property to men by both her father and the goddess Athena, hated by the Greeks and the Trojans, Helen’s life certainly isn’t easy. Plus, she’s known as the face that launched a thousand ships…right into a bloody war. Yikes. Check out more Greek Mythology at: http://www.shmoop.com/mythology/ http://www.shmoop.com/helen-of-troy/
Views: 26126 Shmoop
The Grapes of Wrath Summary by Shmoop
No, we're not talking about those super sour grapes that gave you a tummy-ache before your last soccer game. We're talking about the super depressing novel about the Depression. So yeah, not a happier topic by any means. http://www.shmoop.com/grapes-of-wrath/summary.html
Views: 47855 Shmoop
Night by Shmoop
Consider the relationship you have with your father. You two have highs and lows, but has it ever been tested as much as Eliezer and his father's relationship in Eliezer Wiesel's novel Night? In this novel, Eliezer goes the distance to kill his father. Why would he do that? Was it a time of desperation? Did the Nazis dehumanize him? Night Lit Guide: http://www.shmoop.com/night/
Views: 2873 Shmoop
How to Identify Ethos, Logos and Pathos by Shmoop
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 stare a spinning, spiraling wheel. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos are rhetorical devices. Ethos is moral character, meaning when ethos is used the writer is trying to persuade the reader that the character is a good guy. Pathos is emotion. It gets the reader to stop thinking and start feeling. Logos means reason. Logos is logic, where all the details come together and make sense. EssayGuide Terminology: http://www.shmoop.com/literature-glossary/ethos.html Learn more about writing on our website: http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/
Views: 535282 Shmoop
Wuthering Heights by Shmoop
Wuthering Heights on Shmoop: http://www.shmoop.com/wuthering-heights/ This Heathcliff fellow has some serious anger management issues. We tried organizing an intervention for him, but he just threw a television set through the window and ran. He seems bent on vengeance...maybe he needs a vacation? Guy's a workaholic.
Views: 2201 Shmoop
All You Need to Know About Apollo by Shmoop
If you ever crush on someone so hard that their dad turns them into a tree to escape your attention…maybe it's time to reevaluate your flirting technique. Just a suggestion. http://www.shmoop.com/apollo/
Views: 2175 Shmoop

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