Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Products Just in Time for My 1 Year Anniversary!

One year ago next week marks the 1 year anniversary of my Students of History store on TpT! I had heard about Teachers Pay Teachers a few times from different people, but was wary of how much of a market there really was for teaching resources online. I had a newborn baby though and was looking for some way to bring in a little extra cash, so when my mom emailed me a link to a CNN story about how one seller made a million dollars, so I thought I'd finally give it a try!

It's been a lot of time and effort to polish up the many resources I've created over my 11 years teaching, but also very rewarding. Just knowing how many teachers out there are using products I've made and benefiting, is really fantastic.

To celebrate the anniversary, I'm planning on lots of promotions, sales, and giveaways next week! I've also added a few products recently to get up to 250 total teaching resources! Here's a sample of just a few of the most recent:

Comparing the 13 Colonies Chart
This fantastic graphic organizer worksheet includes 29 characteristics, people, and colonies that students must correctly match to the correct colonial region: either the New England colonies, Middle Colonies, or Southern Colonies.

Analyzing Bill of Rights Scenarios Worksheet
This worksheet includes abbreviated versions of America's Bill of Rights for students to read and a set of short scenarios that students must analyze. Each scenario describes a violation of one of the first ten Amendments in a way that students can identify with and understand. They then refer back to the Bill of Rights to match it to the correct one. Finally, students answer a question regarding their opinion on whether our rights are absolute or can change over time.

Jonathan Edwards - "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Analysis and "Students in the Hands of an Angry Principal" Project
This fantastic and fun assignment has students read a selection from the famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by the Colonial-era theologian Jonathan Edwards. Next are a few short analysis questions on the sermon before students must write their own speech titled, "Students in the Hands of an Angry Principal". The directions explain how students must identify the purpose of Edwards' sermon and then write a speech imagining what a new principal for your school might say with the same outlook.

Reasons for the Fall of Rome Sorting Activity
This is a great cooperative learning or individual activity in which students analyze 20 reasons for the Fall of the Roman Empire and match them to the category that best describes it (Social, Political, Economic, or Military). After classifying each reason for Rome's decline, students analyze their results to determine what had the biggest and smallest impact on Rome's ultimate collapse. I like to have my students work together on this so that they can argue and defend their choices as each is open to interpretation. However, an answer key is also provided for your convenience.

Plus, LOTS more amazing resources in the store! Thank you so much for looking and happy teaching!

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