Axelrod, Cooper, Concise St. Martin's Guide to Writing, 8e

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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 Concise St. Martin's Guide to Writing.

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, including
  • Acclaimed Guides to Writing
  • Engaging reading selections with sustained attention to critical reading
  • A variety of annotated student essays
  • A new Chapter 1, “Composing Literacy”
  • Coverage of personal and expository writing (Chapter 2, “Remembering an Event”; Chapter 3, “Writing Profiles”; and Chapter 4, “Explaining a Concept”)
  • A new Chapter 5, “Analyzing and Synthesizing Opposing Arguments”
  • Thorough coverage of argumentation in three chapters (Chapter 6, “Arguing a Position”; Chapter 7, “Proposing a Solution”; and Chapter 8, “Justifying an Evaluation”)
  • An array of resource chapters, including Chapter 9, “A Catalog of Invention and Inquiry Strategies”; Chapter 10, “A Catalog of Reading Strategies”; Chapter 11, “Cueing the Reader”; Chapter 12, “Arguing”; and a new Chapter 13, “Analyzing and Composing Multimodal Texts.” Also included are an array of chapters on research strategies: Chapter 14, “Planning a Research Project and Selecting Sources”; Chapter15, “Evaluating and Using Sources”; Chapter 16, “Citing and Documenting Sources in MLA Style”; and Chapter 17, “Citing and Documenting Sources in APA Style.”

Also available in the e-Book are additional student essays from Sticks and Stones and Other Essays.


Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing covers grammar and usage as well as argument, critical reading, and documentation. 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.

Diagnostics (Skills Inventory)

One of the greatest appeals of classroom technology is the opportunity it offers for targeting interventions based on real-time data. Diagnostic activities help instructors track student proficiency with specific reading and writing skills.

The updated diagnostics have cumulative pre- and post-tests organized for the following topics:
  • Sentence Grammar (34 questions)
  • Punctuation, Style, and Mechanics (34 questions)
  • Reading Skills (20 questions)
  • Readings Strategies (25 questions)

The pre- and post-tests contain the same number of questions per topic; parity between tests means instructors can more easily track improvements from pre to post.

Instructors will have access to the Class Comparison Report and Roster Comparison Report automatically when they have assigned both the pre- and post-test for a particular diagnostic. As soon as any students have taken both tests, their comparison data will become available in the report (note: student data will not show up at all until the student has completed the activity. The report will not include students who have yet to complete the test.)

You can use the diagnostic comparison reports to:
  • Track improvement across multiple sections or across a program (reports are exportable)
  • Create opportunities for students to see a visual representation of their progress in the course (reports can be printed for students)
  • Continually adapt your teaching based on real performance data.

Grammar Girl Podcasts

Students have access to more than 100 Grammar Girl podcasts that offer a different way to experience and understand writing, grammar, and punctuation. The host, Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl), offers clear, upbeat, and sometimes humorous takes on a variety of English-language topics.
Students can use the podcasts to prepare for class, edit a draft, review a topic, create an editing log, or learn more about a topic of interest. Each podcast comes with a downloadable transcript.

Student Resources (Downloadable)

Here you will find additional downloadable and printable student essays for all the assignment chapters in the text.

Tutorials and Video Activities

Tutorials and video activities are available to help students learn crucial skills, from reading critically and citing sources in MLA and APA style to composing digitally 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's Resource Manual

Instructors can now access each chapter of the instructor’s manual as they need it. For each assignment chapter (Chapters 2–8), the instructors manual includes
  • an overview of the assignment
  • chapter-specific learning objectives
  • a list of special challenges
  • loads of teaching tips

Lecture Slides

Included are lecture slides for Chapter 1, “Composing Literacy,” Chapters 2–8 (the assignment chapters), Chapter 9, “A Catalog of Invention Strategies,” and Chapter 10, “A Catalog of Reading Strategies.”
The lecture slides for the Part 1 chapters include:
  • “Practicing the Genre” activity
  • An overview of the Guides to Reading, including the basic features of the genre
  • An overview of the Guides to Writing, including the writing assignment, Starting Points chart, Ways In and Test Your Choice activities, sample outlines, Peer Review Guides, and Troubleshooting Guides
  • Thinking Critically activities


Instructors can easily edit and assign all the basic feature activities following each reading selection.

Also available are an array of editable and assignable quizzes for each reading:
  • an auto-graded, 5-question multiple-choice reading comprehension quiz
  • a summary activity with a model summary as feedback
  • a synthesis activity that asks students to connect the reading to their own life experience

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 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.

REEF Starter Pack

If you're using REEF polling in your course, you will notice we've included a Starter Pack of slides with questions you can use to poll students on topics related to the writing course. This REEF starter pack is a sample of questions that you are free to adapt or use as is. With REEF, anything on your screen can become material for a comprehension check, quick poll, or classroom debate. The starter pack uses mostly multiple-choice questions and target questions that ask students to “touch” the correct answer.