LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types. Click here to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Successful College Writing.
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.
Instructors have access to a reports screen that allows them to preview questions and view results by skill, roster, or individual student. Once a student takes both the pre- and post-test in a subject, a comparison report also becomes available, allowing instructors to see each student's improvement over time.
Kathleen T. McWhorter’s unique visual approach, with support for both reading and writing, helps students at any level of preparedness become successful college writers. In the e-Book you’ll find all the great content and activities from the printed book, including:
Learning styles coverage, including an interactive Learning Styles Inventory, to help students figure out what learning style works best for them
Professional readings by well-known writers such as Bill Bryson, Mary Roach, and Brent Staples and on topics crucial to student success, such as resisting the urge to multitask and understanding how junk food addiction works, plus accessible scholarly selections such as “The Psychology of Stuff and Things” and selections by renowned scholars such as Franz de Waal, Sherry Turkle, and Amitai Etzioni.
Multimedia selections demonstrating the characteristics of each mode (narration, description, illustration, process analysis, comparison-contrast, classification-division, definition, cause-effect, argument) plus one demonstrating a mixing of modes (Parts 3 and 4).
Auto-graded, 5-question multiple-choice quizzes and a summary practice quiz (with a model summary as feedback) for every professional print and multimedia reading selection in the e-Book
Annotated student essays in each of the mode chapters and a student essay in development in each of the Part 2 chapters
A brief handbook providing students with a reliable resource they can use when they need it for help with issues from avoiding comma splices to subject-verb agreement.
LearningCurve for a unique learning path for each student. Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve offers game-like adaptive quizzing covering topics from grammar and usage to reading critically and argument. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it, and the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes links to relevant instructional content, guiding students to the information they need to master.
What resources are available for instructors?
From your LaunchPad home page, click on a chapter to find:
Unit-wide resources include the Instructor Resource Manual, which now includes a new section on teaching and designing a co-requisite (or ALP) writing class by Jamey Gallagher, co-director of the Accelerated Learning Program at the Community College of Baltimore County.