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 St. Martin’s Handbook.
What resources are available for my students?
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources to open the Resources panel. From here you can look at content by type or by chapter to help you find lists 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, with live links to cross-references for boxed tips, student writing, source maps, documentation models, and all additional activities and exercises. Section numbers match the printed text exactly.
Included in many chapters, these illustrated guides to the reading, writing, and research process provide strategies in an easy-to-follow comics format. Reflective writing prompts accompany each storyboard, encouraging students to write explicitly about their own processes.
Talking the Talk, Quick Help, Considering Disabilities, and For Multilingual Writers Tips
Easy-to-locate boxed tips help students focus on additional considerations for writing as well as actionable tips for addressing broader audiences. Boxes are linked throughout the e-Book and also appear in Tips folders for many chapters.
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.
LearningCurve is an online, adaptive, self-quizzing program that quickly learns what students already know and helps them practice what they don’t yet understand.
Top Twenty Editing Quizzes
Two editing quizzes allow students to work through whole writing selections in order to provide in-context corrections related to the Top Twenty.
LaunchPad for The St. Martin’s Handbook contains 26 Video Prompts to help students develop reflective practices. In these videos, real students offer succinct advice and insight on their own writing processes. Prompts that follow these videos invite students to reflect on their own writing processes.
Sample student writing
The St. Martin’s Handbook contains more than 20 models of sample student writing in a number of different genres--public writing, analysis, research projects in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles, and more. Most are annotated to point out effective writing. In addition are numerous PDF documents that demonstrate correct formatting of all elements of texts in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.
These interactive tutorials on reading, research, and documentation include informal writing prompts, which require instructor grading.
What can I do as an instructor in LaunchPad for The St. Martin’s Guide?
You can assign content, view your students’ progress in the gradebook, and upload your own content, including videos for student writing practice.
Activities or exercises that are assigned are accessible via the Assignments tab and also receive a “To Do” label and due date in the table of contents, letting students focus on what’s due next.
Easy to personalize
LaunchPad is easy to personalize, too: Instructors can add and assign their own materials.
LaunchPad for The St. Martin’s Handbook extends the handbook with interactive writing activities, scorable exercises, models that instruct, and convenience options for busy teachers.