McWhorter, Successful College Writing, 7e

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LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types. Click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Successful 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.


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 have access to a reports screen that allows them to preview questions and view results by skill, roster, or individual student. Once a student takes both the pre- and post-test in a subject, a comparison report also becomes available, allowing instructors to see each student's improvement over time.



Kathleen T. McWhorter’s unique visual approach, with support for both reading and writing, helps students at any level of preparedness become successful college writers. In the e-Book you’ll find all the great content and activities from the printed book.

This e-Book content also includes:


Learning Styles Coverage

Including an interactive Learning Styles Inventory, to help students figure out what learning style works best for them.


Writing Quick Starts 

These are found at the beginning of every chapter, best used to get students writing from the get-go.


Graphic Organizers 

These visual aids help students see how a particular mode works.



Throughout the chapters in Successful College Writing, students will encounter readings by well-known writers such as Anne Lamott and Brent Staples and on topics crucial to student success, plus accessible scholarly selections with interactive activities.


Comprehension and Content Quizzes 

Included within Successful College Writing are various interactives for every professional print and multimedia reading selection in the e-Book, including Summary quizzes, and auto-graded, five-question multiple choice Reading Comprehension Quizzes.


Annotated Student Essays

These annotated student essays appear in many of the chapters in Successful College Writing, affording students focused reading on particular modes in essay-writing.


A Brief Handbook

This provides students with a reliable resource they can use when they need it for help with issues from avoiding comma splices to subject-verb agreement.


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.


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.

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 some of them:

  • Downloadable PDFs making the teaching tips and pre-reading questions from the Instructor’s Annotated Edition available to instructors using the e-Book


  • Possible answers to all the exercises in that chapter

  • Unit-wide resources, including the Instructor Resource Manual, featuring chapters on teaching and designing co-requisite (or ALP) writing classes by Jamey Gallagher, co-director of the Accelerated Learning Program at the Community College of Baltimore County