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 Joining the Conversation.
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, Genres in Conversation, 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.
Genres in Conversation
Genres in Conversation in LaunchPad make the book’s popular genre-focused feature more assignable and assessable, with “Thinking About Genre” questions that follow each set of documents. In LaunchPad, more elements of these activities come alive with streaming media, such as the interview with military veteran Ashleigh Bryant in “Genres in Conversation: Reflective Writing.”
The Handbook answers students’ style, grammar, and mechanics questions in an accessible and friendly manner. A variety of models and examples show common missteps and easy solutions, and plain-language headings allow students to find the help they need.
In Process boxes offer a look at the work-in-progress of the book’s Featured Student Writers as they develop ideas, find sources, and draft their essays. Instructors can use these as models for in-class or assigned activities, or they can ask students to analyze and critique a writer’s process.
In Summary boxes provide a quick overview of the main points of each book chapter, reminding students of what they can apply to their writing process right away.
Don’t know where to start in the Handbook? LearningCurve’s adaptive quizzing helps instructors and students pinpoint grammar and mechanics challenges. Page references direct students back to the book for more advice.
Multimodal Readings add a new dimension to the book’s readings with audio, video, and interactive selections that take advantage of what the Web can do. Detailed headnotes and assignable “Starting a Conversation” questions encourage students both to engage with the selection and to analyze its context.
Not sure where to start with peer review? Peer Review activities provide questions about purpose, readers, sources, and context that guide students’ readings of their peers’ work. Detailed prompts encourage students to go beyond surface-level critiques and address the core of their peers’ essays.
Practice activities give students the chance to try out the new processes and strategies the book provides. Using provided sources and step-by-step instructions, students can try out Practice activities on their own or work in groups to come up with the best approach to a given part of the writing process.
Each of the book’s readings appears in LaunchPad with a design that is true to the selection’s genre. Assignable “Starting the Conversation” questions make it easy to assess student responses to the readings.
LaunchPad includes six complete essays by real student writers with annotations that explore each writer’s process in depth. The Featured Student Writers’ essays serve as models of MLA and APA documentation, proper use of sources, well-developed theses and topics, and purpose-based writing.
Whether students are creating a multimodal essay or searching for sources, Tech Tips come to the rescue with specific advice for different phases of the writing process. While many students already understand the “101” level of using technology as part of the writing process, Tech Tips cover the “102.”
The Writer's Role
“The Writer’s Role” boxes neatly summarize the defining features of each writing purpose. Whether students are writing to inform, reflect, evaluate, solve a problem, analyze, or persuade, “The Writer’s Role” boxes will help them keep the characteristics of their project in mind as they work.
Covering topics from avoiding plagiarism to grammar and usage, the Tutorials walk students through multiple approaches to a range of activities.
With advice and commentary from real students and real writers, LaunchPad’s videos provide a look at even more real writers’ processes and strategies. Short, engaging clips help spark discussion and show students how to think and talk about their own work.
Working Together boxes take the pain out of collaborative writing with clear instructions and tips for working as a group. Even if students pursue their own projects on different topics, Working Together activities help them find common ground and help one another with new approaches and ideas.
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.
“Teaching with Joining the Conversation” contains WPA outcomes correlations, classroom activities, sample syllabi, discussion starters, teaching tips, and more on reading selections. Sections on teaching strategies and establishing the ethos of conversation helps instructors set the stage for the book’s approach.