LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately.
When you're ready to create your LaunchPad course, you can click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Ways of the World for AP®. We also offer a course tour for Ways of the World for AP® 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.
A complete online version of the textbook, the 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. In addition to LaunchPad’s notes and highlighting features, teachers can easily hide chapters or sections that they don’t cover in their course, rearrange the order of chapters and sections, and add their own content directly into the e-Book.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter of the text. 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. Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.
AP® Practice Questions (PDF)
Be prepared for the 2016-2017 AP® World History Redesign with these practice questions, available to download as PDF files. AP® Practice Questions are available for all six parts of the text and include multiple-choice, short-answer, document-based, and long-essay questions in the style of the redesigned exam.
With exercises for all of the key terms in each chapter, Flashcards provide students with an exercise to learn important events and phrases. In quiz mode, students type the correct term in the space provided below the definition; they can see right away whether they’re correct or not, making this a great practice exercise to get familiar with new words and phrases.
Guided Reading Exercises
Provided 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.
The 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.
We know how important primary sources are to building students’ historical thinking skills. Not only does the LaunchPad include all of the Working with Evidence documents from the textbook, but it also includes Thinking through Sources: interactive activities that guide students in assessing their understanding of the sources, in organizing those sources for use in an essay, and in drawing useful conclusions from them. Designed to build arguments and to practice historical reasoning, this unique pedagogy does for skill development what LearningCurve does for content mastery and reading comprehension.
Primary Sources - Additional
In addition to the Primary Source Projects in each chapter, we selected even more primary sources for you to use in your LaunchPad course, if you wish.
Each chapter’s quizzes hold students accountable for reading the primary source documents provided in LaunchPad. Multiple-choice quizzes can be assigned for the Working with Evidence document sets as well as for each source in Thinking through Sources.
Research, Analysis, and Writing Help
The Research, Analysis, and Writing Help page includes instructions for analyzing written documents and visual sources.
One timeline activity per chapter can be assigned to help students solidify their knowledge of the order of events. Students select events from drop-down boxes that correspond with the list of dates shown, and click submit when they’re done. The activity is graded automatically, so students can see what they got correct and what they missed.
Two videos accompany each chapter of the textbook: one at the beginning with author Robert Strayer that provides an overview of the chapter, and another later in the chapter with author Eric Nelson that delves into a particular topic within the chapter. These videos demonstrate that history is a dynamic and constantly evolving discipline.
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
The Instructor’s Resource Manual offers both experienced and first-time teachers 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.
These fully customizable multimedia presentations are built around chapter outlines that are embedded with maps, figures, and images from the textbook and are supplemented by more detailed instructor notes on key points and concepts.
This LaunchPad includes 45 pdf outline maps for teachers to download for quizzing or assignments.
Each chapter offers a pre-built summative quiz which teachers can assign for student practice or higher-stakes assessment.
ExamView® Test Bank
Create online tests from questions also available in our ExamView® Test Bank CD. Note that the CD might include questions not available in LaunchPad. Contact your sales representative for more information on this particular ExamView® Test Bank.