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 Current Issues and Enduring Questions.
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.
Also included in the e-book are interactive versions of the questions in the print book and the Thinking Critically activities.
Thinking Critically Activity
These interactive activities give students practice in constructing arguments, focusing on skills such as generating topics, drawing conclusions, varying tone, and establishing credibility. Each activity provides students with an example or model of the concept at hand then asks them to supply their own responses.
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.
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 Resources (downloadable)
Download a copy of the Instructor Resource Manual to find teaching tips, guidance on structuring syllabi and courses, background information on the readings and topics, and responses to the questions posed in the text. Manuals are available here for both Current Issues and Enduring Questions and Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing.
Instructors can easily edit and assign all the Topics for Critical Thinking and Writing questions following the readings.
Also available via the additional resources is an editable and assignable comprehension quiz for each reading selection in Current Issues and Enduring Questions.
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.