There’s nothing worse than heading back to school in the fall and realizing that you did approximately zero reading for English class over the summer (to be fair, Netflix wasn’t going to watch itself for 1,300 hours). Luckily, we’ve created a ton of free online resources that’ll help you understand your English assignments, no matter what book your teacher wants you to read. We also picked five of the most SparkNote’d titles and created brand new videos that discuss and explain important topics like context, theme, motif, and more. All of our new resources are listed below—check ‘em out, and we promise that by the time school rolls back around, you’ll be relaxed and prepared (instead of soaked in a procrastination-induced flop sweat, which definitely won’t look cute in your yearbook pic).
Full Texts, For Free! For the first time, SparkNotes is offering the complete published text of Pride and Prejudiceand The Odysseyonline, completely free! So if you leave your book on the bus, or you throw it at your crush in a desperate ploy to get his attention (we’ve all tried it), don’t worry—you can come to SparkNotes and read the entire book online, right here. Over the summer, we’ll roll out 60 more Full Text titles, so keep checking back with us!
Resources for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen New! Full Text
New Video:Students Talk About Pride and Prejudice Students rate the various couples in the novel and weigh in on whether it’s fair for all the Bennet sisters’ reputations to be tarnished by Lydia running off with Wickham.
New Video: Blackness and Identity as a Theme in The Hate U Give English teacher Lauren Cavarra discusses main character Starr’s efforts to reconcile her two worlds—the primarily white Williamson Prep and the primarily black Garden Heights community—and find a way to honor her whole self.
Resources for The Crucible by Arthur Miller New Video: The Historical and Social Context of The Crucible Teacher Lauren Cavarra explores how the witch-hunt hysteria in the play functions as a direct allegory for the anti-communist hysteria that took place in America in the 1950s.