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 for Exploring American Histories.
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?
e-BookThe 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.
Guided Reading ExercisesProvided 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.
FlashcardsFlashcards provide students an exercise to learn important events and phrases--there are Flashcard exercises for all of the key terms in each chapter. Students type the correct term in the space provided below the definition. Students see right away whether they're correct or not, making this a great practice exercise to get familiar with new words and phrases.
LearningCurveTired of trying to get students to read *before* class? Assigning LearningCurve can help. LearningCurve’s adaptive quizzing gets students reading. Each question drives the student back to the specific page in the e-Book (via a live link) where she can read and learn the answer to the quiz question.
Map QuizzesThe 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.
Primary SourcesWe know how important primary sources are to building students' history skills. Each chapter in theLaunchPad for Exploring American Histories includes written and visual primary sources. Not only does the LaunchPad include all of the documents from the textbook, but it also includes documents from the companion reader, Thinking through Sources for Exploring American Histories, with 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. In LaunchPad, the analytical questions that appear with these sources as well as the multiple choice quizzes based on these sources can be assignments that students complete and submit right in LaunchPad.
Primary Sources - AdditionalIn 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.
QuizzesEach chapter’s quizzes hold students accountable for reading the primary documents provided in LaunchPad. Multiple choice quizzes can be assigned for the documents in the chapter narrative as well as for the documents in the document projects and Thinking through Sources.
Timeline ActivitiesOne 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, and students can see what they got correct and what they missed.
VideosWe include dozens of short digital movie files of twentieth-century American historical events for you to add to your LaunchPad chapters. From the wreckage of the battleship Maine, to FDR's Fireside Chats, to Oliver North testifying before Congress, these clips engage your students with dynamic scenes from key events and challenge them to think critically.
The welcome page provides an introduction to LaunchPad. It explains the Welcome Unit Quiz and provides answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
Guide to Changing EditionsDesigned to facilitate an instructor’s transition from one edition of the book to the next, this guide presents an overview of major changes as well as changes in each chapter.
Instructor's Resource ManualThe Instructor's Resource Manual offers both experienced and first-time instructors 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.
Lecture SlidesThese 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. All of the images are also available without lecture outlines as zipped JPEG files and as image slides.
Outline MapsThis LaunchPad includes 46 pdf outline maps for instructors to download for quizzing or assignments.
Summative QuizzesEvery chapter offers a pre-built summative quiz which instructors can assign for student practice or higher-stakes assessment.
The Test Bank allows instructors to easily view, select, modify, and assign questions for student practice or higher stakes assessment. To learn more about this resource, visit the article How do I find the Test Bank?. If you want to download the test bank files to use them outside of LaunchPad, click on the test bank link in the Resources menu and then choose files for Mac or PC.