Hacker/Sommers, LaunchPad Solo for Hacker Handbooks

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LaunchPad Solo 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 Solo for Hacker 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 Hacker handbooks.

Expanding any main category, you will see resources related to a specific topic, grouped by type of resource. The types of resources are ExercisesWriting practice, LearningCurve, and Sample student writing. These resources provide new ways to get the most out of your course, and they complement any Hacker handbook.


Nearly 300 exercises cover writing, grammar, and research topics—all of which provide feedback and most of which are autoscored. These offer students a chance to practice skills correlated with handbook instruction.

Writing Practice Activities

The 44 writing prompts encourage students to apply the lessons of the handbook to their own writing.


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 Hacker Handbooks features 36 LearningCurve activities in a range of reading, grammar, and documentation topics.

Sample Student Writing

LaunchPad Solo for Hacker Handbooks contains more than 40 models of student writing in a variety of genres and disciplines. Also included are two student multimodal projects and 13 samples of MLA and APA formatting. Model student writing includes analysis, research, literature reviews, literary analysis, and more in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. (Students have immediate access to a selection of these models in the LaunchPad Solo contents; other models can be assigned by the instructor.) Each model demonstrates effective writing and proper documentation, including updated MLA 2016 guidelines.


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 Hacker 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.

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