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 on the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for St. Martin's Guide to Writing.
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.
This is the online version of the textbook, organized by chapter.
In the e-book you'll find all the great content and activities from the printed book, including
- Acclaimed Guides to Writing
- Engaging reading selections with sustained attention to critical reading
- A variety of annotated student essays
- A new Chapter 1, “Composing Literacy”
- Coverage of personal and expository writing (Chapter 2, “Remembering an Event”; Chapter 3, “Writing Profiles”; and Chapter 4, “Explaining a Concept”)
- A new Chapter 5, “Analyzing and Synthesizing Opposing Arguments”
- Thorough coverage of argumentation in five chapters (Chapter 6, “Arguing a Position”; Chapter 7, “Proposing a Solution”; Chapter 8, “Justifying an Evaluation”; Chapter 9, “Arguing Causes or Effects”; and Chapter 10, “Analyzing Stories”)
- An array of resource chapters, including coverage of critical thinking strategies, writing strategies, research strategies, and composing strategies for classroom writing (such as taking an exam or writing in business and scientific genres) and strategies for multimodal composing
- A brief handbook
Also available in the e-Book are additional student essays from Sticks and Stones and Other Essays.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing covers grammar and usage as well as argument. LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty.
Diagnostics (Skills Inventory)
One of the greatest appeals of classroom technology is the opportunity it offers for targeting interventions based on real-time data. Diagnostic activities help instructors track student proficiency with specific reading and writing skills.
The updated diagnostics have cumulative pre- and post-tests organized for the following topics:
- Sentence Grammar (34 questions)
- Punctuation, Style, and Mechanics (34 questions)
- Reading Skills (20 questions)
- Readings Strategies (25 questions)
The pre- and post-tests contain the same number of questions per topic; parity between tests means instructors can more easily track improvements from pre to post.
Instructors will have access to the Class Comparison Report and Roster Comparison Report automatically when they have assigned both the pre- and post-test for a particular diagnostic. As soon as any students have taken both tests, their comparison data will become available in the report (note: student data will not show up at all until the student has completed the activity. The report will not include students who have yet to complete the test.)
You can use the diagnostic comparison reports to:
- Track improvement across multiple sections, or across a program (reports are exportable)
- Create opportunities for students to see a visual representation of their progress in the course (reports can be printed for students)
- Continually adapt your teaching based on real performance data.
Student Resources (Downloadable)
Here you will find downloadable and printable versions of all the charts that guide students through the writing process:
- Starting Points charts that help students find what they need to get started drafting
- Peer Review Guides that help students get the most out of peer collaboration
- Troubleshooting Guides that help students pinpoint the areas of their writing that need revision and make changes with their readers in mind.
Tutorials and Video Activities
Tutorials and video activities that help students learn crucial skills, from reading critically and citing sources in MLA and APA style to digital composing skills and building a professional brand.
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 Manual
Instructors can now access each chapter of the instructor’s manual as they need it. For each assignment chapter (Chapters 2–10), the instructors manual includes
- an overview of the assignment
- chapter-specific learning objectives
- a list of special challenges
- loads of teaching tips
The instructor view also includes Instructor's Notes to alert teachers to useful resources. These can be left open or hidden.
Included are lecture slides for Chapter 1, “Composing Literacy,” Chapters 2–10 (the assignment chapters), Chapter 11, “A Catalog of Invention Strategies,” and Chapter 12, “A Catalog of Reading Strategies.”
The lecture slides for the Part 1 chapters include:
- “Practicing the Genre” activity
- An overview of the Guides to Reading, including the basic features of the genre
- An overview of the Guides to Writing, including the writing assignment, Starting Points chart, Ways In and Test Your Choice activities, sample outlines, Peer Review Guides, and Troubleshooting Guides
- Thinking Critically activities
Instructors can easily edit and assign all the basic feature activities following each reading selection.
Also available are an array of editable and assignable quizzes for each reading:
- an auto-graded, 5-question multiple-choice quiz to check reading comprehension
- a summary activity with a model summary as feedback
- a synthesis activity that asks students to connect the reading to their own life experience
Exercise Central Quizzes
Bedford/St. Martin’s Exercise Central has been a longtime favorite of instructors and students who want an effective way to practice building skills that are critical to students’ success as college writers.
Combining the popularity of Exercise Central and the power of LaunchPad represents a powerful teaching and learning solution that allows instructors to assign individual practice to students based on their real needs, integrate a greater number of customizable exercises into their teaching, and intervene to help students within the context of the rest of their composition course materials.
You can use the exercises in Exercise Central to
- Offer additional interventions based on your students’ diagnostic quiz results
- Assign pre-built exercise sets on the fly, as you notice patterns of error in your students’ writing
- Create and edit custom quizzes that match the needs of your students
- Offer quizzes that allow multiple attempts so that students can continue to practice concepts until they are closer to mastering them.