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 The American Promise, 6e and Value Edition.
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.
What resources are available for my students?
Chronological ReasoningThe Chronological Reasoning activity at the end of each chapter prompts students to practice their skill at explaining how key events in the chapter are connected, what happened, and why it matters.
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 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 Term FlashcardsLoaded into the Chapter Review, the Key Term Flashcards provide students an exercise to learn the important events and phrases that were selected as 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.
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 QuizzesThe map quiz for each 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 SourcesWe know how important primary sources are to building students' history skills. Each chapter in the LaunchPad for The American Promise includes written and visual primary sources. Not only does the LaunchPad include all of the primary sources and critical thinking questions from the companion documents collection Reading the American Past, but it also includes primary source special features from throughout the book--Documenting the American Promise and Visualizing History. Each of these features comes with a multiple choice quiz that can be assigned and submitted right in LaunchPad.
Primary Sources - AdditionalIn addition to the primary source features and documents from Reading the American Past for each chapter, we selected even more primary sources for you to use in your LaunchPad course, if you wish.
QuizzesEach 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, Beyond America’s Borders, Seeking the American Promise, and Historical Question—as well as for the primary sources in Reading the American Past.
ReflectionsThe Reflections quizzes, provided once at the end of each major section within a chapter, help students understand that all historical writing--including the narrative of a textbook--is interpretation. These interactive exercises prompt students to think about the points the author makes and how he or she uses evidence in making these claims. Reflections quizzes also make the reading memorable and the critical thinking questions within them make students more aware of how evidence should be used in writing--a skill they need to master for exams and papers.
Research, Analysis, and Writing HelpThe 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, 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 documentary footage from the Reel Teaching DVD, video clips bring your LaunchPad course to life and appeal to students.
What's Your Question?The What’s Your Question? activity at the end of each chapter guides students to formulate a strong historical question related to a chapter topic they would like to explore. These questions can later be used in class discussions or to begin research papers.
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.
Instructor's Resource ManualThe 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 QuizzesEvery 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?.