Shmoop Exposes Students to Norse Myths

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Shmoop offers educators of Mythology, excellent guides to all the main gods and demi-gods.

Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, aims to expose students to a wider array of fabled fictional figures by also introducing them to several characters and stories present in Norse mythology. Rather than merely covering the biggies (Loki, Odin and Thor), Shmoop delves a little deeper.

In Shmoop’s guide, a student can read about the Norse creation myth, discover such Norse gods as Balder, Frey and Freyja, and learn about the theft of Thor’s hammer. And why all of his problems would have been solved if only he’d had renter’s insurance.

This resource is equal parts educational and entertaining. Instead of a straightforward, dry account of each story, Shmoop “snoops” the gods, giving a student access to each of their Facebook Walls, transcripts of their therapy sessions, a spotter’s guide and copies of their police reports. Turns out the god of mischief has quite the rap sheet. Shocker.

By humanizing these non-humans, the stories of their respective plights become that much more engaging, and the anachronistic manner in which their personalities are presented makes them relatable to teens who might otherwise not care all that much about a bunch of imaginary deities.

The multi-faceted, short attention span style of teaching in this guide leaves no room for boredom. By depicting each god from so many different angles, it’s easy and fun to navigate through this secret world of the Norse gods. And a heck of a lot easier to maneuver than one of those horse-drawn chariots.

About Shmoop:

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teacher Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives.

Since Shmoop is a web-based tool, it is accessible wherever there is internet access and can provide modern and streamlined education solutions with the click of a mouse. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.


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