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LaunchPad Solo for Literature (Six Month Access)


  • ISBN-10: 1-319-02734-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-02734-6; Format: LaunchPad Solo


Contents by Author (instructor-only)

Contents by Genre (instructor-only)

Video Contents (instructor-only)

LaunchPad Solo for Literature contains Interactive Modules with three to four activity types:

Respond to a Reading

Draw Connections

Collaborate on a Reading

Listen to a Reading

Interactive modules are based on the following selections:

Anne Bradstreet, The Author to Her Book

Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool

Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour

Emily Dickinson, I Heard A Fly Buzz

Robert Frost, Mending Wall

Susan Glaspell, Trifles

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown

Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants

Langston Hughes, The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

Jamaica Kincaid, Girl

Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado

William Shakespeare, scenes from Hamlet

William Shakespeare, scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

John Updike, A&P

Sophocles, scenes from Antigone

Oscar Wilde, scenes from The Importance of Being Earnest

William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow

Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

John Updike, A&P

William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow

Exercises on the Elements of Fiction



Point of View





Exercises on the Elements of Poetry


Denotation and Connotation







Word Order

Exercises on the Elements of Drama





Setting and Staging


Exercises on Figurative Language and Other Elements






Thinking Aloud about Literature

Student Laura Paik

Student Chelsea Dickson

Student Stephen Epples

Critical Approaches to Literature


Feminist Criticism

Marxist Criticism

Postcolonial Criticism

Psychoanalytic Criticism

Reader-Response Criticism


The New Criticism

The New Historicism

A Glossary of Literary Terms

MLA Documentation

MLA Documentation Guide

LearningCurve: Working with Sources (MLA)

LearningCurve Exercises (40 exercise topics)

Grammar Girl Podcasts (over 100 to choose from)

Reading Comprehension Quizzes (nearly 500 to choose from)

Author Videos (over 130 to choose from)

ADDITIONAL READING SELECTIONS (over 200 to choose from)

* An asterisk indicates there is a quiz or exercise for the selection.

Additional Selections: Fiction

Burroughs, Edgar Rice. from Tarzan of the Apes *

Cather, Willa. Paul's Case *

Cather, Willa. A Wagner Matinée

Chekhov, Anton. The Lady with the Dog *

Chopin, Kate. The Story of an Hour *

Conrad, Joseph. An Outpost of Progress *

Crane, Stephen. The Open Boat *

Crane, Stephen. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky *

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Winter Dreams *

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. The Yellow Wallpaper *

Harte, Bret. The Luck of Roaring Camp

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Birthmark *

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Minister's Black Veil *

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Young Goodman Brown *

Hemingway, Ernest. Hills Like White Elephants *

Hurston, Zora Neale. Spunk *

James, Henry. The Jolly Corner

James, Henry. The Real Thing

Jewett, Sarah Orne. A White Heron *

Joyce, James. Eveline *

Kincaid, Jamaica. Girl *

Lawrence, D. H. The Horse Dealer's Daughter *

London, Jack. The Law of Life

London, Jack. To Build a Fire *

Mansfield, Katherine. Miss Brill *

Mansfield, Katherine. The Fly *

Melville, Herman. Bartleby, the Scrivener *

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Cask of Amontillado *

Twain, Mark. The Story of the Good Little Boy

Updike, John. A&P *

Wharton, Edith. The Quicksand

Additional Selections: Poetry

Anonymous. Bonny Barbara Allan

Anonymous. Scarborough Fair

Anonymous. The Frog

Anonymous. There was a young lady named Bright

Anonymous. Western Wind

Arnold, Matthew. Dover Beach

Behn, Aphra. On Her Loving Two Equally

Blake, William. Infant Sorrow

Blake, William. London

Blake, William. The Chimney Sweeper

Blake, William. The Garden of Love

Blake, William. The Lamb

Blake, William. The Tyger

Bradstreet, Anne. To My Dear and Loving Husband

Bronte, Emily. Riches I hold in light esteem

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. When our two souls stand up erect and strong

Browning, Robert. Home-Thoughts, from Abroad

Browning, Robert . Meeting at Night

Browning, Robert . My Last Duchess

Browning, Robert. Parting at Morning

Burns, Robert. A Red, Red Rose

Byron, Lord George Gordon. She walks in Beauty

Carroll, Lewis. Jabberwocky

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Kubla Khan

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. What Is an Epigram?

Crane, Stephen. Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind

Crane, Stephen. A Man Said to the Universe

Dickinson, Emily. Apparently With No Surprise

Dickinson, Emily. "Faith" is a fine invention

Dickinson, Emily. I Know That He Exists

Dickinson, Emily. If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking

Dickinson, Emily. Oh Sumptuous Moment

Dickinson, Emily. Portraits Are to Daily Faces

Dickinson, Emily. Some keep the Sabbath going to Church—

Dickinson, Emily. The Bustle in a House

Dickinson, Emily. The Thought Beneath So Slight a Film—

Dickinson, Emily. To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee

Dickinson, Emily. Water, is taught by thirst

Dickinson, Emily. Wild Nights—Wild Nights!

Donne, John. Batter my heart, three-personed God

Donne, John. Death Be Not Proud

Donne, John. Song

Donne, John. The Apparition

Dunbar, Paul Laurence. We Wear the Mask

Dunbar, Paul Laurence. Theology

Dunbar, Paul Laurence. To a Captious Critic

Eliot, George. In a London Drawingroom

Eliot, T. S. Preludes

Eliot, T. S. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Farries, Helen. Magic of Love

Freneau, Philip. The Indian Burying Ground

Frost, Robert. After Apple-Picking

Frost, Robert. Birches

Frost, Robert. The Road Not Taken

Frost, Robert. An Old Man's Winter Night

Frost, Robert. Home Burial

Frost, Robert. "In White": An Early Version of "Design"

Frost, Robert. Mowing

Frost, Robert. My November Guest

Frost, Robert. "Out, Out—"

Frost, Robert. Storm Fear

Frost, Robert. The Oven Bird

Frost, Robert. The Pasture

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. Queer People

Gray, Thomas. Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Hardy, Thomas. The Convergence of the Twain

Hardy, Thomas. Hap

Hardy, Thomas. In Time of "The Breaking of Nations"

Harper, Frances E. W Learning to Read

Herbert, George. The Pulley

Herbert, George. The Collar

Herrick, Robert. To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Herrick, Robert. Delight in Disorder

Herrick, Robert. Upon Julia's Clothes

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. God's Grandeur

Hopkins, Gerard Manley, Spring and Fall

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. Hurrahing in Harvest

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. Pied Beauty

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. The Windhover

Housman, A. E. "Terence, this is stupid stuff"

Housman, A. E. To an Athlete Dying Young

Housman, A. E. Is my team ploughing

Housman, A. E. Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Housman, A. E. When I was one-and-twenty

Howe, Julia Ward. Battle-Hymn of the Republic

Jonson, Ben. On My First Son

Jonson, Ben. Still to Be Neat

Jonson, Ben. To Celia

Keats, John. To Autumn

Keats, John. Ode to a Nightingale

Keats, John. On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

Keats, John. To one who has been long in city pent

Keats, John. When I have fears that I may cease to be

Keats, John. Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition

Keats, John. La Belle Dame sans Merci

Keats, John. Ode on a Grecian Urn

Lazarus, Emma. The New Colossus

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Snow-Flakes

Lowell, Amy. The Pond

Marlowe, Christopher. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

McKay, Claude. America

Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Wild Swans

Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Recuerdo

Millay, Edna St. Vincent. First Fig

Milton, John. On the Late Massacre in Piedmont

Milton, John. When I consider how my light is spent

Owen, Wilfred. Dulce et Decorum Est

Poe, Edgar Allan. Annabel Lee

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Haunted Palace

Pope, Alexander. from An Essay on Criticism

Raleigh, Sir Walter. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Robinson, Edwin Arlington . Richard Cory

Robinson, Mary. London's Summer Morning

Rossetti, Christina Georgina. In Progress

Rossetti, Christina Georgina. Promises Like Pie-Crust

Rossetti, Christina Georgina. Some Ladies Dress in Muslin Full and White

Rossetti, Christina Georgina. Song

Rossetti, Christina Georgina. The World

Sandburg, Carl. Buttons

Sandburg, Carl. Chicago

Sappho. Beautiful-throned, Immortal Aphrodite

Sappho. Immortal Aphrodite of the broidered throne

Sassoon, Siegfried. "They"

Shakespeare, William. Sonnet 116

Shakespeare, William. Sonnet 130

Shakespeare, William. Sonnet 18

Shakespeare, William. Sonnet 73

Shakespeare, William. Not marble, nor the gilded monuments

Shakespeare, William. When forty winters shall besiege thy brow

Shakespeare, William. When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. Ozymandias

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. Ode to the West Wind

Sidney, Sir Phillip. Loving in Truth, and Fain in Verse My Love to Show

Sigourney, Lydia Huntley. Indian Names

Southey, Robert. from "The Cataract of Lodore"

Swinburne, Algernon Charles. estina

Taylor, Edward. Housewifery

Tennyson, Lord Alfred. Break, Break, Break

Tennyson, Lord Alfred. The Charge of the Light Brigade

Tennyson, Lord Alfred. Crossing the Bar

Tennyson, Lord Alfred. Ulysses

Tennyson, Lord Alfred. Tears, Idle Tears

Whitman, Walt, A Noiseless Patient Spider

Whitman, Walt. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

Whitman, Walt. Cavalry Crossing a Ford

Whitman, Walt. from "I Sing the Body Electric"

Whitman, Walt. from Song of Myself

Whitman, Walt. I Heard You Solemn-Sweet Pipes of the Organ

Whitman, Walt. One's-Self I Sing

Whitman, Walt. When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

Williams, William Carlos. To Waken an Old Lady

Wordsworth, William. Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Wordsworth, William. The world is too much with us

Wordsworth, William. A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

Wordsworth, William. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Wordsworth, William. It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free

Wordsworth, William. London, 1802

Wordsworth, William. Mutability

Wordsworth, William. My Heart Leaps Up

Wordsworth, William. The Solitary Reaper

Wordsworth, William. The World Is Too Much With Us

Wyatt, Sir Thomas. They flee from me

Additional Selections: Non Fiction/Critical Contexts

Dickinson, Emily. A Description of Herself

Douglass, Frederick. Learning to Read and Write *

Hurston, Zora Neale. How It Feels to Be Colored Me *

Mayor of London. Objections to the Elizabethan Theater 1597

Truth, Sojourner. Ain't I a Woman?

Zitkala-Sa. The School Days of an Indian Girl