Teacher Review For SparkNotes

A lot of information about a variety of genres.

Lisa O.
Classroom teacher
Hope Lutheran Christian School
Port Coquitlam, BC
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My Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 2
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Great with Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
When I teach Shakespeare, I suggest this app as a tool to aid in understanding. Because I have students write an in-class essay, I am less concerned that they will simply copy the ideas available in this app. They may choose to read over some analysis when studying, but when they write their essay, all they have access to are their copies of the play and their memories. This app is helpful for students who have learning difficulties as many of the subtleties are clearly explained.
My Take
This app provides a ton of information about various genres of literature. My concern is that students are not required to formulate their own opinions and ideas; they can simply go to Sparks Notes to get the 'answers'.