Owl Eyes Annotated Texts: A Great Resource to Add to Your Teacher Toolbox  

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The beginning of a new season is always a good time to consider new ways to engage students in the classroom. One way to do it—only a few keyboard clicks away—is to incorporate Owl Eyes annotated texts into lesson plans and instruction.

In case you’re unfamiliar with using the annotated texts at Owl Eyes, here are a few things to know to get started. First of all, they’re free, and they’re comprehensive! At Owl Eyes you will find hundreds of poems, short stories, novels, and essays to which instructional annotations have been added throughout the texts—and hundreds of additional annotated works are on the way. Continue Reading ›

A Decade of eNotes: Happy Birthday to Us!

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As they say: time flies when you’re having fun. This December marks the tenth year that eNotes has been helping students and teachers, and we can hardly believe it. It seems like just yesterday we were all asking Jeeves life’s great questions (and definitely NOT on our flip phones).

We’re cracking opening the eNotes photo album to take a peek back through a decade of education and site transformation. Continue Reading ›

New to eNotes: Essay Lab

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Write better essays with our latest service, Essay Lab! Get the feedback you need to make your essay great.

What is Essay Lab?

Our mission at eNotes is to assist in the success of our students–providing them with the resources they need to excel in the classroom and beyond. We built Essay Lab to help meet the needs of students asking us for academic feedback on their writing assignments.

We handpicked educators with superior skills in editing, writing, and showing students how to make their writing stronger. Our writing experts provide paragraph by paragraph feedback on grammar, sentence structure and flow, thesis statements, and more. Continue Reading ›

The 10 Most Popular Homework Help Questions on eNotes

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This month we’re opening our data vault and sharing some eNotes secrets. We get thousands upon thousands of student questions on every topic imaginable. And those questions are viewed by even more students around the world. So it takes a unique question to top our charts and get more clicks than all the rest. Here are the current most popular questions accessed on our site:

1. What are some interesting speech topics for a five minute speech?

Your palms are sweating, your voice is trembling, and the audience is waiting for you to say something. Quick, grab your smartphone and check this eNotes page! We can’t guarantee you a standing ovation, but you will likely get a few laughs or thoughtful “mhms”.

2. List the advantages and disadvantages of globalization.

You can buy a McDonald’s hamburger and a Coca Cola in pretty much any country on the planet, but is that a good thing? These answers will make you think twice about the impact of our connected world. Continue Reading ›

eNotes + Crosswords: Enter to win a Lesson Plan!

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eNotes gets a lot of thank-you notes from teachers and fan mail from students daily. Okay – more like Tweets from the students. We haven’t received an actual letter since 2003.

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And while we love being recognized for all our hard work, what gets out of bed in the morning is making the lives of our teachers and students easier.

However, when one of our fans let us know “eNotes” was an answer in The New York Times crossword puzzle, we could not stop grinning and giggling! Continue Reading ›

Students: Become an eNotes TA, Redeem Your eNotes Points for Gift Cards!

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We’re excited to announce that eNotes students are now able to redeem their eNotes points for real life rewards!

Become an eNotes TA to turn your eNotes points into gift cards to your favorite shops.

We have just posted a number of gift cards to various shops, including Starbucks, Amazon, Target, and more, on our all new TA Rewards page here.

To redeem your points for one of these rewards, you must first earn a TA badge by answering questions in eNotes Homework Help and making it onto the TA Leaderboard.

In addition to being able to redeem their points for real life prizes, TAs are also entered into a monthly giveaway to win a $500 student grant. You can find a complete FAQ on the TA program at this pageContinue Reading ›

New to eNotes.com: Research Paper Starters

We do the digging so you don’t have to.

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When you don’t know where or how to start your research paper, dive into an eNotes Research Paper Starter. We clearly explain and analyze over 1,500 complex subjects so that you can concentrate on learning what you really need to know and writing a great paper.

Why use a Research Starter? Two reasons:

  • easily fine-tune the thesis of your paper
  • locate expert sources without spending precious hours scouring a library database

Read on to find out more about this latest feature from eNotes!

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