Shmoop Offers 47 Online Learning and Teaching Guides for Black History Month

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — Shmoop (, a publisher of digital resources that make learning fun and relevant for students, offers 47 topics for students to study for Black History Month. Shmoop remembers and honors those — from the biggest names to the most ordinary people — who have shaped the African-American experience and who have changed the world for over 400 years.

Shmoop online learning guides touch on African-American notables from David Walker to Toni Morrison, from Malcolm X to Jay-Z. Shmoop offers 47 English and Social Studies Learning Guides and Teacher Resources to help students expand their understanding of the Black experience. Teachers can enrich their classroom with videos, images, primary resources, state standards-based activities, and a Best of the Web section that connects you to the most relevant and trustworthy web resources out there.

Featured Resources Shmoop guides you through To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells the story of an African-American man falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1930s Maycomb, Alabama. The novel’s message of standing up for what is right at all costs has provoked strong reactions and even controversy over the past fifty years, making it one of the most widely read novels dealing with race in America.

Teaching the Causes of the Civil War, one of Shmoop’s 18 new Teacher’s Editions. Shmoop Teacher’s Editions provide 100s of free state standards-based activities. Shmoop also offers premium resources, including quizzes, essay questions, and current events articles, for a one-time fee per topic per teacher.

Explore 45 more Black History Month topics from Blues Music History to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to the Civil Rights Movement.

About Shmoop

Shmoop publishes digital resources that make learning fun and relevant for students. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides and Teacher Resources balance a fun, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 2,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Kindle, and Nook. The company was an Official Honoree in the 2009 Webby Awards and named “Best of the Internet” by PC Magazine. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a Labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.


Brady Wood