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 Literature and Composition.
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.
A complete online version of the textbook, the e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all images and close reading sections. In addition to LaunchPad’s notes and highlighting features, teachers can easily hide chapters or sections that they don’t cover in their course, rearrange the order of chapters and sections, and add their own content directly into the e-Book.
With exercises for essential key terms used throughout the book, using flashcards is a great practice exercise to get familiar with and master vocabulary. In quiz mode, students type the correct term in the space provided below the definition; they can see right away whether they’re correct or not.
In-context Reading ActivitiesActivities from the textbook - including reading questions, close reading exercises, and suggestions for writing - are assignable for students to respond conveniently within the LaunchPad platform.
LearningCurveDeveloped in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter of the text. 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. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty. Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.
Student Resources (downloadable)Tons of practice worksheets are available for students to download. Designed to facilitate close analysis of the literature in the book, key passage hand-outs are brief rich excerpts from a piece, double-spaced with wide margins perfect for annotation. AP®-style multiple choice quiz hand-outs are available for several works in the book and are perfect for AP® exam practice. Vocabulary Activity hand-outs include challenging terms for each piece, and ask not just for a definition, but for a discussion of effect. These hand-outs are formatted for handy pre-reading preparation or post-reading quizzing.
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.
Teacher Resources (downloadable)Find all of the resources you need here. Instructional strategies are handy documents that contain descriptions and examples of different approaches that are helpful in teaching various readings from the textbook. Plan the school year out right using overviews of each chapter in the book and unit planner. Suggested responses are complete, thought-out answers to every reading question, activity, and exercise in the textbook a great tool for grading students' responses. Create tests by chapter or by reading with the test bank, with over a thousand multiple-choice questions applicable to every text in the thematic readings chapters. The test bank also includes 54 AP®-style essay prompts to give your students even more practice in literary analysis.
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