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 the Combined Volume of The American Promise: A Concise History, here for Volume I, and here for Volume II.
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 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.
History Research and Writing Help
The History Research 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, Checklist for Primary Source Analysis, History Research and Reference Sources, Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism, and the Introduction to Primary Source Analysis from Reading the American Past are all useful tools to combine with primary source work and writing assignments.
Key Term Flashcards
Key Term Flashcards provide students an exercise to learn important events and phrases---there are Flashcard exercises for all of the key terms in each chapter. To test themselves, 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.
To help students think critically about the role of geography in American history, LaunchPad includes a Map Activity with two maps in each chapter. One set of questions in these activities prompts map analysis, while a second set of questions helps students connect the maps to main points in the narrative. In LaunchPad, the answers to these questions can be submitted directly to the gradebook for convenient assessment.
One map quiz per chapter sharpens 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 - Additional
In addition to the Primary Source Projects in 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 special features and the primary documents from the reader provided in LaunchPad. Multiple choice quizzes can be assigned for each of the special features from the book--Documenting the American Promise, Visualizing History, and Beyond America’s Borders--as well as for the primary sources in Reading the American Past.
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.
From New York City "Ghetto" Fish Market: Scenes of Urban Immigrant Life, 1901 (filmed by Edison) to documentary footage from the Reel Teaching DVD, video clips bring your LaunchPad course to life and appeal to students.
To give students ample opportunity to practice thinking critically about primary source images, one image in each LaunchPad chapter includes a special Visual Activity in the caption that reinforces this essential skill. One set of questions in these activities prompts analysis of the image, while a second set of questions helps students connect the images to main points in the narrative. In LaunchPad, the answers to these questions can be submitted directly to the gradebook for convenient assessment.
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.
i>clicker Questions - PPT
Each chapter includes a PowerPoint presentation with multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with an i>clicker during lectures.
i>clicker Questions - Word
Each chapter includes multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with an i>clicker during lectures in Word format.
Instructor's Resource Manual - PDF and Word formats
Available in both PDF and Word formats, 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.
Blank outline maps suitable for each chapter are provided for use in presentations and quizzing.
PowerPoint Lecture Outlines
Work directly from these or use them as a starting point to customize--they include not only text outlines but also maps, figures, and select images from the book.
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?."