LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click here to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference with Readings.
What resources are available for my students?
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
The e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all reading selections, activities, and pedagogical tools. At the top right of each e-Book page is a page reference number so that students can go back and forth between their e-Book and their printed book, if they wish.
E-Book with Activity
The “Your Turn” activities make the book’s popular feature more assignable and assessable, with space for students to write a response to each prompt and submit it to the instructor right in LaunchPad.
LearningCurve’s adaptive quizzing helps instructors and students pinpoint grammar and mechanics challenges. Page references direct students to further advice based on handbook content. LearningCurve units also include reading and writing arguments and working with sources, among others.
Multimodal Reading Activity
Multimodal Reading Activities add a new dimension to the book’s readings with audio, video, and interactive selections that take advantage of what the Web can do. Each Genre chapter contains a multimodal reading activity that explores how the genre works in different media. Each activity includes Reading the Genre questions that can be completed and submitted within LaunchPad.
Diagnostics (Skill Inventory)
Eight diagnostics are available to help students and instructors identify areas of strength and areas for improvement on subtopics related to grammar and reading. Two comprehensive tests in each of four subjects, Sentence Grammar; Style, Punctuation, and Mechanics; Reading Skills; and Reading Strategies, allow instructors to assign diagnostics in a pre/post format.
Tutorials on active reading, reading visuals, and citation walk students through a series of interactive prompts as they learn about each topic.
Video Activities provide quick tutorials in a video format familiar to students. Documentation and Working with Sources tutorials extend the book’s “How to…” visual tutorials for citation into video form, with MLA and APA style citations. Digital Writing tutorials include the nuts and bolts of digital writing--from online research to presentations to photo and audio editing.
What resources are available for instructors?
From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Instructor's Manual: Teaching with How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference with Readings
Teaching with How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference with Readings contains writing activities, revision exercises, research activities, teaching tips, and key teaching goals for each chapter of the book. Co-author Jay Dolmage includes advice for encouraging originality, teaching with technology, using multiple literacies, teaching all students, and integrating readings. In addition, comprehensive syllabi and help with assessments and learning goals help structure assignments within the course.