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.
When you're ready to create your LaunchPad course, you can click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for the combined volume of America's History and America: A Concise History. We also offer a course tour for America's History that will help you get started using this LaunchPad.
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.
Author Preview VideosBrief videos at the start of each unit reinforce reading for understanding, appeal to students who prefer watching a video, and give students a sense of the human beings behind their textbook. Each video by the author of that chapter summarizes what the chapter is about and touches upon the Big Idea question for that chapter.
e-BookThe 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 ExercisesProvided once per chapter, the Guided Reading Exercises are active reading grids for 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 the "Identify the Big Idea" question that starts each chapter.
Key Terms FlashcardsKey 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. 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.
LearningCurveTired 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.
Map QuizzesTwo map quizzes 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 - AdditionalIn addition to the Primary Sources in each chapter of the text and its companion reader, we selected even more primary sources for you to use in your LaunchPad course, if you wish.
QuizzesMultiple choice quizzes can be assigned for each of the special features from the book--American Voices, America Compared, and Thinking Like a Historian--as well as for the primary sources in Sources for America’s History. These quizzes hold students accountable for their reading.
Research, Analysis, and Writing HelpThe 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, and Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism are all useful tools to combine with primary source work and writing assignments.
Timeline ActivitiesOne 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.
Video ResourcesFrom New York City "Ghetto" Fish Market: Scenes of Urban Immigrant Life, 1901 (filmed by Edison) to President Reagan’s 1984 speech on U.S.-Soviet Relations, 73 documentary video clips bring your LaunchPad course to life and appeal to students.
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 - PPTEach chapter includes a PowerPoint presentation with multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with an i>clicker during lectures.
i>clicker Questions - WordEach chapter includes multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with an i>clicker during lectures in Word format.
Instructor's Resource Manual - PDFThe 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.
Instructor's Resource Manual - WordThe 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.
Lecture Outlines in PowerPoint FormatWork 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.
Outline MapsBlank outline maps suitable for each chapter are provided for use in presentations and quizzing.
Summative QuizEvery 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?.