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 the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for America’s History.
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.
Provided in every chapter, this feature uses primary sources and data to situate U.S. history in a global context while giving students practice in comparison and data analysis.
This feature in each chapter helps students to think critically by comparing primary source texts written or spoken from two or more perspectives.
In this resource that brings historical argumentation directly into the chapter, students read short, accessible passages from two scholarly works of history that offer different interpretations of the same event or period. By examining the passages side by side and responding to the questions, students learn how historians interpret evidence, weigh fact, and arrive at their conclusions.
Here students will have a chance to practice a full-length exam before the big test day.
Each chapter includes AP®-style multiple-choice and short-answer questions, and each part/period includes a document-based question and long essay questions.
Provided in every chapter, this feature includes five to eight brief primary sources organized around a central theme that helps students learn to work with evidence.
These essay-style practice questions accompany each chapter of the textbook and ask students to reflect chapter content and practice historical thinking.
The e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all primary sources, images, maps, and pedagogical tools.
Flashcards provide students an exercise to learn important events and phrases—there are Flashcard exercises for all of the key terms in each chapter. Students can review key terms in stack mode, or arrange them on a “table” to organize the cards in a way that makes sense to them. Students can then test their knowledge by writing in the correct term to the given definition. Students see right away whether they're correct or not, making this a great practice exercise to get familiar with new words and phrases.
Tired of trying to get students to read before class? Assigning LearningCurve can help. LearningCurve’s adaptive quizzing gets students reading. Each question drives the student back to the specific page in the e-Book (via a live link) where they can read, review, and find the answer.
A map quiz for each chapter sharpens students' geography skills in a historical context. Each quiz depicts a map at a certain period of time and asks the students to answer three questions based on what they can infer. The activity is graded automatically, and students can see what they got correct and what they missed.
Not only does the LaunchPad include all of the documents from the textbook, but it also includes Reading and Discussion Questions that guide students in assessing their understanding of the sources.
In addition to the Primary Sources in each chapter of the text and its companion reader, we selected even more primary sources for you to use in your LaunchPad course, if you wish.
Multiple choice quizzes can be assigned for each document/primary source, just to ensure students have read the material.
From New York City "Ghetto" Fish Market: Scenes of Urban Immigrant Life, 1901 (filmed by Edison) to President Reagan’s 1984 speech on U.S.-Soviet Relations, 78 documentary video clips bring your LaunchPad course to life and appeal to students.
This introduction explains exactly what the LaunchPad platform is, as well as how to get started. This page also addresses Frequently Asked Questions.
This is a quiz that checks a student’s understanding of how to use LaunchPad and its features, if you choose to use it.
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.
Find page numbers for where each of the AP® Key Concepts, History Disciplinary Practices, and Thematic Learning Objectives can be found throughout the book.
Each chapter of the text begins with a Learning Focus Question. These accompanying worksheets help students read for understanding of the chapter and prompt them to think about how the information they gather can be used to answer the Learning Focus/Big Idea question.
This LaunchPad includes 46 .pdf outline maps for teachers to download for quizzing or assignments.
Book images in jpeg format are available for you to make your own worksheets and/or lecture slides. Please note that these are copyright protected images and may be used in your classroom, but may not be posted to open access websites.
These are detailed outlines for each chapter.
These explanations for Common Misconceptions & Difficult Topics help you cover material that students either don’t exactly understand or that might be a touchy topic for discussion.
This is a list of multimedia resources and links to accompany each chapter that can be shown in class or assigned as homework.
These handouts/worksheets support your instruction of the AP® Key Concepts, Learning Objectives, and Practices/Skills in each chapter.
Each chapter includes lecture presentation slides with formative multiple-choice questions made to be used during lectures with an iClicker Classroom Response System.
These are lecture presentation slides of all the figures, photos, and maps from each chapter.
These are suggestions for films and television to be shown in class that complement the topics covered in each chapter, as well as a list of questions to spark discussion.
Work directly from these or use them as a starting point to customize—these slides include not only text outlines, but also maps, figures, and select images from the book.
These ideas for lectures go into detail on how to engage students as well cover the key topics of each chapter.
The model answers are guidelines for questions located in the textbook which can be used to check that your students are able to answer questions fully, as well as to make sure they understand the material covered in each chapter.
The pacing guide provides suggestions for pacing content for each chapter and help you decide what to teach on a daily basis. The guides offer a day-by-day plan for teaching essential questions.
The AP® Style writing questions included in this LaunchPad are not automatically graded. You will need these rubrics to grade the AP® short-answer, document-based, and long-essay questions.
This example of an APUSH® course syllabus describes what book material should be covered and at what pace—it’s made to be ready to use or adapted to your own style.
Some teachers like to assign questions/tests from the separately available Strive for a 5 Study/Prep Guide; therefore, we no longer put the answers in the back of the Strive Guide itself. Share these answer keys with your students or use them to grade homework, but please do not post answers to the open web.