Bedford/St. Martin's, LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers Update

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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 Solo for Readers and Writers.

What resources are available for my students?

The Welcome unit explains how skill-specific units move students through a learning arc: pre-test (if assigned), instructional material, LearningCurve (adaptive practice), and post-test (if assigned). It offers learning advice about how to approach online work. If assigned, students can complete a 5-question quiz about these success strategies.


Learning Advice

Practical suggestions help students get the most out of online learning.


This LaunchPad includes three types of units:

  • Overviews include videos on reading, writing, research, and grammar.
  • Skill units offer the full learning arc from pre- to post-test.
  • Tutorials invite students to answer writing prompts, which require instructor grading.

    From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. Click "e-Book" to take a closer look at specific types of pages available in each unit. We'll now take a closer look at each.


    Study Pages

    These resources describe ways of revising grammatical or stylistic errors.


    These resources also define key terms.


    These resources explain how to identify rhetorical moves or grammatical or stylistic errors.


    Additional reference materials include lists and graphic organizers.


    These resources focus on revision topics such as topic selection, organization, and argument.



    Introductions include a video and short description of the topic’s main elements.


    LC (LearningCurve) e-Book Link

    Each LearningCurve question is accompanied by additional content (via a live link), which students can access to learn more about the answer to any quiz question.


    Readings (with Quizzes)

    Twenty-five reading selections--with Lexile levels provided--allow you to assign a broad range of classic and contemporary essays within LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers. Each reading is followed by a comprehension quiz.



    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.

    Instructors have access to a reports screen that allows them to preview questions and view results by skill, roster, or individual student. Once a student takes both the pre- and post-test in a subject, a comparison report also becomes available, allowing instructors to see each student's improvement over time.

    Grammar Girl Podcasts

    Students have access to more than 100 Grammar Girl podcasts that offer a different way to experience and understand writing, grammar, and punctuation. The host, Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl), offers clear, upbeat, and sometimes humorous takes on a variety of English-language topics.

    Students can use the podcasts to prepare for class, edit a draft, review a topic, create an editing log, or learn more about a topic of interest. Each podcast comes with a downloadable transcript.


    LearningCurve is an online, adaptive, self-quizzing program which quickly learns what students already know and helps them practice what they don’t yet understand. A LearningCurve activity is embedded towards the end of each unit as low-stakes practice before students attempt the post-test.


    These auto-scored quizzes assess what students have learned by working through the instructional material and adaptive practice in the unit. Instructors must assign these customizable quizzes before students can take them.



    These auto-scored quizzes assess what students know before they work through the instructional material and adaptive practice in the unit. Instructors must assign these customizable quizzes before students can take them.


    Slide Tutorials and Video Activities

    These interactive tutorials include informal writing prompts, which require instructor grading.


    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 Advice

    Covering registration, assigning, and grading, these pages help instructors learn to use LaunchPad as well as offering ideas about how to integrate students’ online work into class.


    Other Instructor Resources: Test Bank

    The Test Bank, which will soon include the topics covered in Exercise Central, allows instructors to easily select, modify, and assign questions for student practice or higher stakes assessment. Access the Test Bank by choosing Add New, then Quiz.


    Click "Search Questions" to see the available test banks, which are divided by chapter and assessment

    To see more information on creating new quizzes and selecting questions from the test bank, see the help article How can I create a quiz using LaunchPad's question filters?.

    Scroll down to view Exercise Central quiz questions. For more information on how to add these questions to your quiz, see the help article How do I add Exercise Central questions to my quiz?.