Kirszner/Mandell, Patterns for College Writing, 14e

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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 Patterns for College 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
  • Downloadable peer-review worksheets
  • A diverse and popular selection of readings
  • A variety of model student essays
  • An updated chapter on Argumentation
  • Apparatus designed to help students learn
  • Thorough coverage of working with sources

Also available in the e-Book is A Student’s Companion to Patterns for College Writing, a supplement designed to provide additional support to get and keep students on-level using Patterns for College Writing.


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 peer review worksheets for all the rhetorical modes 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. The manual includes:
  • sample syllabi
  • an overview on using the book and end-of-chapter collaborative activities
  • suggested responses to all exercises
  • suggested approaches to each reading
  • suggested responses to the questions following each reading

Comprehension and Content Quizzes

Instructors can easily edit and assign all of the Comprehension, Purpose and Audience, and Style and Structure questions following each reading selection.

Also available is an auto-graded, multiple-choice reading comprehension quiz for each reading.

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.