LaunchPad Solo contains resources for your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at each of these resources. Click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad Solo for Lunsford Handbooks.
What resources are available for my students?
From your LaunchPad Solo home page, you can scroll down the contents and see that the resources are organized by topics within broad categories. The organization will be familiar from Lunsford handbooks.
Expanding any main category, you will see resources related to a specific topic, grouped by type of resource. The types of resources are Storyboards, Video Prompts, Tutorials, Exercises, LearningCurve, and Student Writing. In addition, the Top Twenty section, at the beginning of the contents, provides quizzes and videos that help students with a wide range of grammar issues.
Storyboards are illustrated guides to the reading, writing, and research process. They provide strategies in an easy-to-follow comics format. Reflective writing prompts accompany each storyboard, encouraging students to write explicitly about their own processes.
In these 24 videos, real students offer succinct advice and insight on their own writing processes. Prompts that follow these videos invite LaunchPad users to reflect on their own writing processes.
Tutorials in the documentation sections show students how to find the elements they need to cite a variety of sources. They also provide a place for students to practice citing a source or sources from their own work.
Interactive tutorials on reading and research also include informal writing prompts.
Grammar Girl podcasts
More than 100 podcasts from the popular Grammar Girl series supplement and enliven the handbook content. Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl podcasts pair conveniently with writing, grammar, and punctuation topics in LaunchPad Solo for Lunsford Handbooks. You can find the audio files by going to the “Grammar Girl Podcasts” unit at the end of the main menu. Students can explore on their own, or you can assign them.
Exercises throughout offer students a chance to reflect on their writing process or to practice skills in grammar, style, and punctuation. Most of the skills exercises are autoscored.
LearningCurve is an online, adaptive, self-quizzing program that quickly identifies what students already know and helps them practice what they don’t yet understand. LaunchPad Solo for Lunsford Handbooks has 36 LearningCurve activities.
Sample Student Writing
LaunchPad Solo for Lunsford Handbooks contains 28 models of student writing in a variety of genres and disciplines—presentations, public writing, rhetorical analysis, research projects in psychology, history, biology, and more. Students can mark up and comment on model writing using LaunchPad tools. PDF documents that accompany many models demonstrate correct formatting in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles and offer annotations to point out effective writing.
The Top Twenty
The Top Twenty, at the top of the contents, features help for students with the most commonly identified issues in student writing today. Two editing quizzes allow students to work through whole writing selections for in-context corrections related to the Top Twenty. Short videos provide a quick visual representation of the Top Twenty.