McKay, Understanding Western Society, 2e

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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 the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Understanding Western Society.

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.

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The e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all primary sources, images, maps, 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.


Guided Reading Exercises

Provided once per chapter, the Guided Reading Exercises are active reading grids for the students to use while reading the chapter. They help students read for the main points of the chapter and prompt them to think about how the information they gather can be used to answer a central essay question.


Key Terms Flash Cards

Key Terms Flash Cards provide students an exercise to learn important events and phrases--there are Flash Card exercises for all of the key terms in each chapter. Students drag and drop the correct term to the given definition. Students see right away whether they're correct or not, making this a great practice exercise to get familiar with new words and phrases.



Tired of trying to get students to read *before* class? Assigning LearningCurve can help. LearningCurve’s adaptive quizzing gets students reading. Each question drives the student back to the specific page in the e-Book (via a live link) where she can read and learn the answer to the quiz question.

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Map Quizzes

A map quiz in each chapter sharpen students' geography skills. Places on a map are indicated by letters; students use drop-down menus to select a location that corresponds with each letter. The activity is graded automatically, and students can see what they got correct and what they missed.


Primary Sources

We know how important primary sources are to building students' history skills. Each chapter in the LaunchPad for Understanding Western Society includes a Document Project based on an individual or theme from the chapter. Each Document Project includes an introduction, a set of related documents, an essay assignment, and a quiz for the project. Short-answer questions accompany each document and the multiple-choice quiz based on the project as a whole can be submitted through LaunchPad. Each chapter also has the sources and critical thinking questions from the companion documents collection Sources for Western Society. In LaunchPad, the analytical questions that appear with these sources as well as the multiple choice quizzes based on the sources, can be assignments that students complete and submit in LaunchPad.


Primary Sources - Additional

In addition to the primary sources for each chapter, we selected even more primary sources for you to use in your LaunchPad course if you wish.



Each chapter’s quizzes hold students accountable for reading the primary documents from the reader provided in LaunchPad.

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Research, Analysis, and Writing Help

The Research, Analysis, and Writing Help resources provide students with the tools they need to conduct research, analyze primary sources, and properly cite their sources while avoiding plagiarism. Build a Bibliography, History Research and Reference Sources, Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism, and the Introduction to Primary Source Analysis are all useful tools to combine with primary source work and writing assignments.


Timeline Activities

One timeline activity per chapter can be assigned to help students solidify their knowledge of the order of events. Students drag and drop events to their corresponding dates, and click submit when they're done. The activity is graded automatically, and students can see what they got correct and what they missed.


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.

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Instructor's Resource Manual

The Instructor's Resource Manual offers both experienced and first-time instructors tools for preparing lectures and running discussions. It includes chapter review material, teaching strategies and a guide to chapter-specific supplements available for the book, plus suggestions on how to get the most out of LearningCurve and a survival guide for first-time teaching assistants.


Summative Quizzes

Every chapter offers a pre-built summative quiz which instructors can assign for student practice or higher-stakes assessment.


Other Instructor Resources: Test Bank

The Test Bank allows instructors to easily view, select, modify, and assign questions for student practice or higher stakes assessment. To learn more about this resource, visit the article How do I find the Test Bank?.