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 Practical Argument.
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?
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.
Also included in the e-book are interactive versions of the questions in the print book and interactive writing templates on each argument type.
These interactive argument templates prompt students to develop develop paragraphs in each major argument style, including Toulmin arguments, evaluation arguments, and proposal arguments. The templates illustrate transitional phrases and remind students to consider opposing viewpoints as well as included necessary evidence to support their claims.
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.
LearningCurve covers more than grammar, however. We now have LearningCurve activities on key argument topics, including persuasive appeals, reasoning and logical fallacies, and arguable claims.
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.
Tutorials and Video ActivitiesTutorials 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 chapter, the instructors manual includes
- an overview of the material
- teaching tips
- responses to questions and activities
The instructor view also includes Instructor's Notes to alert teachers to useful resources. These can be left open or hidden.
Instructors can easily edit and assign all the At Issue questions following the readings.
Also available via the additional resources is an editable and assignable comprehension quiz for each reading selection in Practical Argument.