Pro-Tips to Make the Most Out of Your High School Years

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Back-to school is upon us and, for many students, entering/returning to high school can be an intimidating and overwhelming situation. But the reality is, it’s a place where we spend four vital years learning, making new friends, and finding ourself. As a high-school graduate in 2012, I have some fresh perspective so you can make sure your high school years are nothing short of rewarding, stress-free, and memorable. Continue Reading ›

Teachers: The Best Way to Start off the Year

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Getting past icebreakers and guidelines

Students expect the first day of school to be unproductive. They walk from one room to the next, playing icebreaker games and collecting printed copies of guidelines and expectations. The first day is either a social event or a logistics meeting. It makes sense to have the class get to know one another and understand the rules, but there is a better way to kick off the year.

2 copy 2Rather than focusing on the personalities in the room or classroom policies, why not get them engaged in learning? Teachers start the year excited about the ideas they will teach, but students often have little understanding of what the class is about. The first day is an opportunity to pique their curiosity and get them excited about the subject matter. Continue Reading ›

8 Novels Turning Into Movies in 2015: Get Your eNotes Book Summaries

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Beloved books turned film are probably one of the biggest cornerstones of today’s cultural foundation (Harry Potter, Twilight, Fault in Our Stars…must I go on?). This coupling allows fans to extend their fanaticism from the pages to the big screen.

But sometimes we, er, forget the main points, characters, and themes of the book…and suddenly it’s opening night. The read-a-thon we planned got pushed to the side (probably by a Netflix marathon, oops) and we could simply use a refresher. Luckily, we have just the refresher you need on the top eight 2015 movies-inspired-by-books with eNotes book summaries. Continue Reading ›

eNotes for Back-to-School (#eNotes4BTS): Win a Lifetime eNotes Pass and $500 Grant!

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We are amping up for back-to-school so that we’re prepared to help our eNoters with summer reading, pop quizzes, and upcoming exams. To kick off the season and help you transition from summer sun to classroom fluorescents, we’re excited to announce the #eNotes4BTS contest!

What you can win!…

All the prizes are designed to help you transition to back to school, and everyone is a winner!

  • One grand-prize winner will receive a $500 grant and a Lifetime eNotes Student Subscription.
  • Three runner-up winners will receive a 1-year eNotes Student Subscription, a $49.99 value.
  • Everyone that enters will get 50% off an eNotes Student Subscription. Sent via coupon code after the contest ends.

How to Enter

Let us know why you’ll need eNotes for back to school on Twitter and/or Instagram. You can simply tweet it with text, or use images and videos on Twitter or Instagram…the more creative the better!
*You MUST include the hashtag #eNotes4BTS to enter.

Entries accepted August 5 to August 26, by 11:59 p.m. PST. Continue Reading ›

Scholarship Spotlight – August 2015

Every month, we select some of the best scholarships around and post them here on our blog. When you are ready to apply, check out our tips on How to Write a Scholarship Essay!


Power Poetry Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Applicant must be 25 years of age or younger and be a current or former high school student who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories.

Requirements: Add an original poem to Power Poetry by Friday, August 7, 2015. You’ll need to register as a member of their community first. Don’t forget to share your poems on social media! Poems with 50 or more shares (which must be sent from the poem page on PowerPoetry) will be the ones the PowerPoetry team reads first!

Due Date: August 7, 2015

To read more information directly, click here!

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Grammar How-To: That, Which, and Who

This is Part Four in our Grammar How-To Series.

I’ll be brief. It matters, though maybe not the way you think it does. Or maybe exactly the way you think it does. Take the test and find out.

1. Choose the sentence that makes the most sense.

tell-tale-hearta) Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” that is about a crazy guy who bricks up his enemy behind a wall is an excellent read.
b) Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat,” that is about a crazy guy who bricks up his wife behind a wall, is an excellent read.
c) Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” which is about a crazy guy who buries an old man beneath his floorboards, seems familiar somehow. Continue Reading ›

Diversity, Intersectionality, and Inclusivity: #YANeedsMore

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Yesterday the hashtag #YANeedsMore started trending, and we jumped in to watch the conversation unfold.

Not surprising was the number of calls for more intersectionality and diversity; we were pleasantly surprised by the rich insight, feedback, ideas, and personal experiences from hundreds of young adult, and proper adult, tweeters.

The YA genre and particularly its older readers have been criticized for a gamut of faults and short-comings. This trending tag was a cry for a more varied genre, and hopefully writers and publishers will follow to match their readers’ experiences, cultures, stories, and relationships.

Here are some of our favorite #YANeedsMore. Continue Reading ›