eNotes Homework Help: October Discussion Starters

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Our Homework Help service helps students and teachers on their toughest academic questions. Our Educators have answered more than 300,000 questions–some straightforward with decidedly black/white answers, and others more open to interpretation and, consequently, discussion.

Each month we’re compiling some of our favorite Homework Help questions to initiate debate or rich conversation in your classroom. Enjoy! Continue Reading ›

Making the Most of a Missed Day: What to Do When You Need a Substitute Teacher


While the teacher is out, the students are still in class ready to learn. Your absence does not automatically mean that the students have to watch a video or do busy work to fill the day. Follow these tips to ensure that students continue to be engaged and productive while you are away. Continue Reading ›

Naughty, Naughty…Enter to Win a Stack of Banned Books!


Banned Books Week 2015 is just around the corner, and your eNotes pals are feeling impish. We handpicked a selection of our favorite and most requested books that continually battle the iron fist of censorship. Win them all here. Continue Reading ›

Scholarship Spotlight – September 2015

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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!

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,500

Eligibility: This scholarship is for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and for students currently enrolled in college or graduate school. Home schooled students are also eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or legal residents.

Requirements: To apply, applicants must submit an application form including an 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists and asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

Due Date: September 30, 2015

To read more information directly, click here!

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


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 ›