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.
What resources are available for my students?
This is the online version of the textbook, organized by chapter.
- A lively collection of classic and contemporary essays that provide outstanding models for students – including 24 new essays from diverse authors on engaging topics
- A unique, easy-to-follow rhetorical structure, organized by components of the essay, style, and rhetorical strategies
- A focus on the writing process and the reading-writing connection in Part One (Chapter 1, “The Writing Process,” and Chapter 2, “From Reading to Writing”)
- Abundant and flexible editorial apparatus in a clear, concise format, including headnotes and pre- and post-reading questions and writing prompts
- Attention to student writing, with examples from student authors in most chapter introductions and full-length student models in Chapters 1, 2, and 23
- A new Chapter 22, “Combining Models”
- A timely new argument cluster on “Conflict: Using Language to Seek Resolution” in Chapter 21, “Argument”
- Practical instruction on research and working with sources in Chapter 23, with updated MLA coverage
The e-Book also features these additional pages, available exclusively in the LaunchPad for Models for Writers:
- Annotated APA-Style Paper: “The Role of Spirituality and Religion in Mental Health” (full) - The complete APA-Style student paper is available in the LaunchPad for classes using documentation in the social sciences.
- The Gettysburg Address - LaunchPad allows you to assign the annotated version of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address in convenient slides, presenting the headnote and essay together instead of separated, as in the main e-Book pages of Chapter 2.
- Student Models - To highlight student writers’ contribution to Models for Writers, the LaunchPad presents the student examples used in the instruction for each chapter. Use these examples to inspire students or to display during class time to aid discussion.
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.
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.
Diagnostics (Skills Inventory)
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.
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.
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.
Grammar Girl Podcasts
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.
Tutorials (slide) and video activity tutorials are available to help students learn crucial skills, from reading critically and citing sources in MLA and APA style to composing digitally.
Tutorials and Video Tutorials
Tutorials specific to Models for Writers (located under unit-wide resources) present walk-throughs of key instructional content:
- Developing Your Thesis walks students through the step-by-step process developed by authors Rosa and Eschholz to guide students in this crucial part of the writing process.
- Writing an Expository Essay: A Student Essay in Progress illustrates a student’s writing process from invention and drafting to revising and editing.
An enhanced annotation activity allows students to interact with Rachel Carson’s “A Fable for Tomorrow.” Students can type and submit their annotations and answers to guided questions, preparing them for successful annotation and notetaking on the other readings in Models for Writers.
In-context Reading Activity
Instructors can easily edit and assign all the questions following each reading selection that appear in the e-Book. This allows instructors to evaluate students’ responses online and record their assessment in the LaunchPad gradebook. These sets of quiz questions include
- Thinking Critically about This Reading
- Questions for Study and Discussion
- Suggested Writing Assignments
Also available for instructors to assign is an auto-graded, 5-question multiple-choice reading comprehension quiz for each reading selection.
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.
What resources are available for instructors?
Instructors can access each chapter of the instructor’s manual as they need it. For each readings chapter (Chapters 3-22), the instructor’s manual includes the following for each reading selection
Instructor's Resource Manual
- essay analysis and discussion
- suggested response to Thinking Critically about This Reading
- suggested responses to Questions for Study and Analysis
- tips and strategies for teaching the Classroom Activity
The full manual also includes teaching tips in Teaching the Patterns: General Strategies for Instructors and sample syllabi in Sample Course Plans.
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.
Exercise Central Quizzes
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.
For more detail on adding Exercise Central to your Launchpad Course, visit LaunchPad > How do I add Exercise Central questions to my quiz?.