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Margaret Whisnant
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This holiday-themed study of figurative language is composed of a series of original sentences, popular song lyrics, and a verse from a fami...
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January in Figurative Language is a nine-page activity set in two parts (25 items each). The month of January--its weather and special designa...
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This figure-of-speech study is constructed around the loosely woven story of a family's Thanksgiving get together. Organized in three sections (...
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This whole book test for Theodore Taylor's popular novel is a set of fifty, text-dependent, multiple choice questions. Students will find it ne...
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This whole book test for Elizabeth Gorge Speare's 1984 Newbery Honor Book is a set of 50 True/False questions. Students will find it necessary t...
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The month of October is the focus of this figurative language activity pack. Organized into three different lessons with 25 items each, students...
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This whole book test for Christopher Paul Curtis' 2000 Newbery Medal Winner is a set of fifty multiple choice questions. Students will find it n...
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Ramona Recommends
Ramona Recommends  (TpT Seller)
Hi Margaret!
I am newer to TpT and still trying to wrap my head around copyright rules. What is the rule of thumb for using partial lyrics for Classroom Posters. I have quoted the singers and made note-they do not endorse my product. Is this a big no-no? If I can't sell it, can I use it as a freebie?
THANK YOU so much!
Courtney
Ramona Recommends
ramonarecommends@gmail.com
July 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi Ramonam,

Welcome to TpT!! I'm glad to see that you are copyright cautious. It's pretty much required as a TpT seller.

This is a difficult question. I often use short quotes--such as a line of dialogue or a sentence that illustrates a figure of speech--when I write my book units, but no more than that. Sometimes using one of these quotes is necessary in order to teach the book.

However, I think that using partial lyrics as poster content would probably not be copyright legal, since you are not "teaching" the lyrics, but using them as inspiration or guidance. Posting the product as a freebie wouldn't make any difference. Whether you sell or give away, you would be infringing the author's exclusive rights to distribute, sell, and make money from his/her creation. I would stay away from using them.

This, of course, is strictly my opinion based on what I understand about copyright. You might want to ask this question in the Forum and see if anyone else has a different opinion.

Hope you are ready for the back-to-school rush and buying frenzy! It's a fun time.

Margaret
July 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jodi Rigotti
Jodi Rigotti  (TpT Seller)
Hi Margaret. This is Jodi Rigotti, Senior Editor at TpT. I sent you an email yesterday (all good stuff!) and just wanted to confirm that you received it (there's a chance it may have gone to your spam folder) Would you mind sending me an email at jodi@teacherspayteachers.com to confirm you received it? Many thanks!
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi Jodi,
I did receive the e-mail, and thank you so much for sending it! I'll write a response this afternoon and post it on the Forum.
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

saturday morning coffee  and common core
Margaret, Thank you writing these guidelines. It all is so confusing. I have a question that maybe you can answer. I am finishing up a product to sell on TPT and am wondering about screen shots from YouTube. Are they a violation. In my mind, I am thinking it is like a quote, but. . .

I am completely in awe of what teachers have done to take teaching into their own
hands. Thank you again,
cathe mccoy @ saturday morning coffee and common core
June 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi Mx. McCoy,
Copyright issues can make you pull your hair out! I have all but stood on my head to make sure I'm 100% legal, and I'm still finding out that clipart/photos, etc. are 100% confusing!!

As to the YouTube screen shots, in my opinion I would think that the whole video is the property of the person who posted it, and that would include individual screen shots. However, if you are creating a teaching resource based on a particular video, then the situation looks more like a quote from a book. Using random screen shots, though, would probably not be legal.

Hope this helps!

Margaret Whisnant
June 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Dee Adams
Dee Adams  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

The TpT Handbook is highly informative, but is dated May 2011. So I wonder if the issues with respect to seller product development Don'ts are still a major issue several years later? [For example, poor titles and faulty product descriptions]

Thank you for your work!
June 1, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi Ms. Adams,

The development Do and Don'ts still apply, but of course, TpT sellers have learned to be MUCH more professional since 2011! This is not nearly the issue it once was.

Happy selling!
June 1, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Julee Aldrich
Julee Aldrich  (TpT Seller)
On another blog I discovered that you had a newsletter about Teachers Pay Teachers-is this true? If so, could I have access to it? I plan to learn all that I can about TPT this summer and any helpful tips would be great. Thanks!

Julee Aldrich (juleealdrich@gmail.com)
May 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
I did write a monthly newsletter for TpT for about three years. Some of the earlier ones, you can access from your seller's dashboard. It's listed as the TpT Seller's Handbook. For some reason, they have removed the later ones.

Thanks for asking, and happy selling on TpT!
May 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Martha McCain
Martha McCain  (TpT Seller)
Margaret, Today the class found several errors on chapter 19. #8. on your key it say true, but Goodwife Cruff accused Kit not Judith, so this is false.
#14- GoodMAN Cruff, not Good wife Cruff told the court Prudence was not bright. Your key says true....It is false.
#10 is confusing----The students questioned this saying the magistrate not Dr. Bulkeley turned Kit over for trial....You may to look at this...
We have finished this book today. I still need to go over chapters 20 and 21 with the class tomorrow. I will let you know if the students have questions about these chapters.
May 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi Ms. McCain,
Thanks for being so helpful with these error updates! I have corrected the three in Chapter 19 and the other one that you found in chapter 18. The correct file has been posted!

The proofreaders and I really dropped the ball on chapter 19!! So glad you let me know about the Goodwife/Goodman problem!

Margaret
May 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Martha McCain
Martha McCain  (TpT Seller)
Margaret,
The Witch of BP also has another error on chapter 18- #9 B. is listed as Goodwife Cruff and it should be Goodman Cruff. It was Goodman not Goodwife who signed the charges against Kit.
May 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Martha McCain
Martha McCain  (TpT Seller)
Margaret,
Chapter 15- The Witch of Blackbird Pond- check #1- typo error- Matthew Wood's Wood's house---Please correct to Matthew Wood's house
May 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
You are so thoughtful! Thank you! I have made the correction and uploaded the revised file.
May 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Lovin Lit
Lovin Lit  (TpT Seller)
Awesome! I will go with Book Two then. Thanks so much for your quick response!
:) Erin
May 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Great!
May 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Lovin Lit
Lovin Lit  (TpT Seller)
Hi Margaret!
I use so many of your products in my classes already and I'm really excited to add your Word Trek program to that. I'll be teaching sixth grade spelling next year at a private school and I'm trying to decide which book to purchase during the upcoming sale. I will teach at a private school where students are being challenged more than average students, but I'm hesitant to jump into book two or three without the students having completed book one. I read through all of the information in the previews. Can you tell me which book you'd recommend for my sixth grade students?
Thanks so much!
Erin
May 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Book Two--most definitely! This one is loaded with prefixes and root words that students will find in ordinary vocabulary--words that they will run across in reading, movies, etc. (Book One is constructed around the same idea, but the vocabulary is not as advanced.) Book Three has a lot of prefixes and root words that build scientific and social vocabulary--words they are likely to encounter in their subjects. Thanks for checking out this program! I think you and your students will like it.
May 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sophia Sirius K - 3 Bi Lingual Reading Room
How does the additional license fee be impacted by commission and transaction fee for a multiple use license. Did not see that anywhere on the site.
May 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Good question!! I would think that both the seller's earnings and the transaction fees would be based on the total amount of the sale, but I don't know for sure. Why not contact TpT and ask them? Scroll to the bottom of any page and click "Contact Us" or click on FAQ/Help in the top right of any page.
May 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Martha McCain
Martha McCain  (TpT Seller) re: The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Objective Tests Teaching Pack
Margaret, I always enjoy your reading packs, but there are a few errors on this unit. I will be glad to point them out if you would like to correct them.

There are some other things I have found, but today the class found on chapter 18 #9 Who signed the charges against Kit? The answer key says B- Goodwife Cruff....It should be Goodman Cruff
May 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
That would be wonderful!! Thank you for being so thoughtful. Please list the errors here, and I'll get them corrected immediately!
May 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Kristin Szettella
Kristin S. re: Celebrating April with Figurative Language
On the April, Featured Figures of Speech page, under Hyperbole, I think it should say "An exaggeration that cannot possibly be true." Just thought I would bring the typo to your attention!
May 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Thanks! Of course you are correct! The "A" is a typo. I have made the correction and am on my way to download the corrected file. You are so considerate!
May 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Counseling Wisdom
Counseling Wisdom  (TpT Seller)
Not really a question, just a note of admiration. Enjoyed reading your profile, it inspired me to focus in a different direction after a dark period in my own professional life... you are so positive it comes through your words very clearly. Thank you.
April 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Wow! Thanks! I just got inspired right back! I'll get some writing done today. Hope things are going well for you. Sometimes we have to walk the dark path for a while to appreciate the light.
April 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Kids Create Art
Kids Create Art  (TpT Seller)
Hi Margaret. I have been with tpt for roughly 2 years and have struggled with pricing. I downloaded your sample pricing guide and it was informative but my problem is my lessons come with power point presentations. Some of them quite extensive that can take 8 weeks to cover. I am an art teacher and believe strongly not only in art history but also cross curriculum integration. Do you have any thoughts on how to charge for multimedia power point presentations and one that include art projects?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Thanks,

Beth
March 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
I think power point lessons can be priced pretty much by the same criteria as the pencil and paper stuff. Rather than thinking about how much time you put into them, think about what the teacher will get out of them--like the teaching time you mentioned. I would also factor in some "saved teacher time."
Wish I could give you a more specific answer, but I'm not a power point person (retired before the "power point era!").
Hope this helps a little!
March 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

karenbaxter
Buyer re: The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 A Novel Teaching Pack
Can you tell me if the objective tests are multiple choice and true false like the Anne Frank ones? Thank you!
March 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
There are four different types of questions: Multiple choice, True/False, Yes/No, and a type of matching questions. Samples of all four are included in the sample pages.

Thanks for asking!
March 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

julie mccluskie
Julie M.
Do you have a timeline as to when Where the Red Fern Grows may be completed? I would like to put off teaching it until I could purchase the pac kif possible.
March 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
It will not be ready until next fall. So sorry for the long timeline, but I do wildlife rehab (baby songbirds), and it really cuts into my writing time. Hopefully, I'll have it ready by August or September. Thanks for asking!!
March 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

julie mccluskie
Julie M.
You should create a unit on Where the Red Fern Grows.... I LOVE your products and would really like one for that story!
March 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
As luck would have it, I am working on a unit for Where the Red Fern Grows. It got sidetracked by my Informational Text Pack series. Now I'm really inspired to get back to it! Thanks so much.
March 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

psquared63
Buyer re: Contrived Math--Tricked-Out Word Problems with Ordinary Numbers
great product I love it, however did i miss something for the answer key 19 for the first set of questions. 1 mile + 5 feet = 5280 + 5 =5285 feet, whereas your answer key has 5280+5 = 5280 feet
February 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Thank you!! That is a typo that the proofreaders missed. I'll fix that!
February 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sour Cherry
Sour C. re: Contrived Math--Tricked-Out Word Problems with Ordinary Numbers
For some reason the review option is not coming up for me, but I wanted to say that as usual, Margaret Whisnant has offered a real winner for the classroom. I'll be trying this one this week. Thanks!
February 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Thanks! Traffic is probably heavy this time of the evening, and it's an electronic thing. I really appreciate the personal touch!
February 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Almaschool
Almaschool  (TpT Seller)
Margaret,
I love the literature questions that I've used from your products. I was wondering if you take requests. I'm looking for units on Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein.
February 5, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Teachy Keen
Teachy Keen  (TpT Seller) re: Top 5 Copyright Questions for TpT Teacher/Authors
This answered all of my questions! Thank you! Is it ok with you if I provide a link on my products' "notes to teachers" page to this download?
January 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Certainly, no problem!
January 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Logical Lex
Logical Lex  (TpT Seller)
Hi Margaret, I was looking over your "Top 5 Copyright Questions" package. I had put together an Olympic unit that told of sports like bobsledding, the luge, the skeleton, and the region of Sochi where the Olympics would be held. I also included a page about the Olympic rings, where they came from, what they symbolize etc, who created them, etc. Another seller contacted me today and said that it was a problem and we are not allowed to use the Olympics rings, or the word 'Olympic', or the word 'Olympics games'. I looked up the Olympic rings graphic before making this packet and it was in the public domain. I don't see a TM symbol on them. Can you help me out? I am so confused and I think others are too. Thanks in advance!
January 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
The Olympic rings are trademarked as well as the word "Olympics." Most people are using "winter games" rather than Olympics to stay safe. I don't think this link will come through live, but it gives the information about the trademark. Maybe you can copy and past it in your browser to get to the page: http://www.inta.org/TrademarkBasics/FactSheets/Pages/ProtectionofOlympicTrademarks.aspx\
January 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Mesha177
Buyer
Hi Margaret. I had inquired about the novel teaching pack for The Dollhouse Murders. By chance do you have one? Thanks again for all of your wonderful work!
Mesha177
January 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
No, I do not have that one. So sorry!
January 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Summer Pittman
Summer Pittman  (TpT Seller)
Hey Margaret, I'm having a fundraiser in February to help a teacher in need and I'd love to have one of your products in the bundle. I was wondering if you'd be willing to donate one. You can see the story here http://butterdreamsandbindings.blogspot.com and donate using the form or email me summersusu2@yahoo.com. TPT is going to advertise it in February. The store name will be Rallying for Rusty. Thanks so much.
January 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi Summer, I remembered again today about your fundraiser, and when I went to enter my product, it looks like everything is closed! So sorry I missed the deadline. If I am mistaken, just let me know and I won't drag my feet again.
Margaret Whisnant
January 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

LisaToenies
Buyer
It is the preview sample "Body Parts - A Study of Idiomatic Expressions and Exaggerations Involving Human Body Parts". It has a pumpkin on the front holding a sign that says "Trick or Treat". I just need it for questions 5, 10, & 12. Thanks so much as always.
January 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Found it! Set 1: #5 is lip service,(talking about it but no action) #10 is funny bone, #12 put is finger on it. Set 2: #5 leg work, #10 knuckle sandwich (get punched), #12 splitting hairs.
January 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

LisaToenies
Buyer
Now that I look at it again - it is a sample page! Sorry about that. I will have to purchase the key. Thanks so much as I LOVE your products and I have bought a ton of your creations. My students love them and it is so great to have something for my higher level students!
January 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
I will be more than happy to post the answers you need here. I was a little worried for a second that one of my products had gone bad since I know that all of them have answer keys! Just let me know which product and which sample you are looking at. I'll enter the answers in my reply.

Thanks for the wonderful comments! You and your students make it all worthwhile!
January 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

LisaToenies
Buyer re: October/Halloween Brain Teasers
Is there a key to this product...I am stumped on a few #5, #10, & #12
January 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
All of my products have full answer keys. Are you looking at a sample page, by any chance?
January 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Experience Montessori and More
Deborah L.
Dear Margaret,
I am wondering how you make so much money. A product at 3.00 times how many make it worth all the time it takes to create your product. From my experience making up a ten page product I would want more than 3.00. I guess it is about volume? Do you use twitter, Facebook, videos, a blog, a website and all those things Charity Preston said to do in her training videos? Have you had success because you got in early and built up as the site built?? Is there the same opportunity today as when you started? I am sorry to ask these questions as I am sure you want a question you can answer about a product to get a sale. I am a teacher who is in great need of extra income so I would like to know from someone like you if this is the way to do it or do something else? What is your guide to quickly increase your sales? Is a person better off trying to make products for those requesting something then randomly making items and hoping they sell? Thank you so much for any information you can give me and I so do appreciate it if you do. I wish you an abundant new year!
December 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Mesha177
Buyer
Hi Margaret. LOVE your work. Was wondering if you have a novel teaching pack for The Dollhouse Murders?
December 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Ellen Weber
Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Well, I'll be pinning your products to the hottest boards with gratitude Margaret. In memory of the many times your wonderful helps nudged me forward when I started TPT. Thanks again! Will get your back when you add any products:-) Happy sales and happy season! -- Ellen
December 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
I posted 5 of my products, and repinned 10 from other party people!

You are so thoughtful for organizing a middle/high school event. I took a look at the top 100 best-sellers from last week and wasn't surprised to see that a huge majority of them are primary products. These people are so good at marketing and supporting each other, they have taken over! We need to reclaim some of our ground!
December 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Trina R Dralus
Trina R Dralus  (TpT Seller)
Margaret,
I just wanted to thank you for featuring my Informational Text passages in your blog. Also, thank you for the nice words you included about it. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you again!
Trina
December 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
You are so welcome! Hope you had a few sales.
Have a long, restful Christmas break.
December 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Ellen Weber
Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Would love to invite you to join a secondary pinning party over at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31288 Let’s grow the upper class community together – one pin at a time.

Hope to see you there – and I for one am excited to pin your products!
Best of the season! Ellen Weber
December 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for the invitation!! The pinning party is on my agenda for this afternoon!
December 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Suzanne Glendon
Suzanne Glendon  (TpT Seller)
Dear Margaret:

I loved your objective tests teaching pack for, "The Phantom Tollbooth," and I was wondering if you've compiled anything for, "A Wrinkle in Time." Nothing came up when searching your materials, but hope springs eternal....

If you don't have any material on this book, can you recommend a contributor who might?

Thanks a bunch!

Suzanne
December 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
I do have an objective tests pack for "A Wrinkle in Time." It's one of my older units, and I need to go through the questions, make some improvements, and get a new proofreading or two before I post it on TpT. You have inspired me to get to it!
December 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

jenglade
Buyer re: Sing Down the Moon Whole Book Test
Are these questions in the same order as the information is presented in the book?
November 21, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Yes, they are! I do this purposely to hlep kids get a better understanding of how stories are put together in a chain of related events.

Thanks for asking! Have a long, restful Thanksgiving break!
November 21, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Anne Weaver
Anne Weaver  (TpT Seller)
Margaret,

You earned this!!! You are one smart lady besides being a hard worker! Think about this: How many people your age are so knowledgeable about the computer and could create such wonderful resources? Your free resources are outstanding! You are helping so many students to think and increase their vocabulary.

You are one special lady and TpT is lucky to have you!!! I believe they know this.

Always,
Anne

P.S. You helped me from the beginning and I shall never forget your kindness.
November 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Anne Weaver
Anne Weaver  (TpT Seller)
Margaret,
Wow...so happy for you! $75,000 is a lot to add to your retirement!!!

Have a nice Thanksgiving,
Anne Weaver
November 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi Anne,

Yes, it makes a BIG difference! I don't worry about the water heater and refrigerator blowing up any more. I can replace them!!
I never had such economic calm when I was living on a teacher's salary only!
November 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

pvaughn
Buyer
Ms. Whisnant,
I teach the book entitled A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck. I see you have done some other teaching resources for other Peck books. I have scoured TPT and the internet finding very little dealing with the book. I would love a great novel teaching pack to accompany this book. I love all your work! Thanks so much Paula Vaughn
November 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for the title suggestion. I'm always on the look-out for new books that teachers are using.
November 8, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Hindi Mitchell
Hindi Mitchell  (TpT Seller)
Ms. Whisnant,
Recently I began teaching, "Hatchet" to my 6th grade resource students. I noticed you have seven different products available for the book. Is there possibly one resource that collectively encompasses all of the resources? I greatly appreciate your time and help!
October 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Yes! Thanks for asking.
The full novel teaching pack is titled Hatchet: A Novel Teaching Pack. This one has all the components that you are seeing listed separately. I need put a link to the full file in the product description for each of the small files. Your question is the jump start I needed to get going on that!
October 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

hrsmzl1
Buyer
Hello - I would like to use your Halloween pun test at a party at my office. Is there a way for me to send money to you via Paypal or other? Thanks for the puns!
October 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
If you are refering to the Howl-0-Ween Puns free download, you don't owe me a cent!! It's free for you to use, even at an office party. The copyright just says you can't sell it. You can enjoy it all you want!

Thanks for asking. A lot of people wouldn't be that considerate!
October 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Ada Rodriguez
Ada R.
Good Morning Mrs. Whisnant,
I was wondering if the Maniac Magee Product you have has an answer key?
Thank you,
Ada
October 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Yes, there is a full answer key! I just added that to the product stats. Thanks for letting me know that I hadn't clicked that little box!
October 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Teacher Julia
Teacher Julia  (TpT Seller)
Hi Margaret,

I am using your pricing guide and wondering how to price according to the points a product earns. For example, my product earned 20 points according to your Sample Pricing Product Guide. Is it up to me to decide, from there, how much I want to charge for it, or is there a way to take the 20 and make it into a price?
Thank you! This product is perfect and just what I needed! I was wondering how I was doing with my pricing!

Julia
October 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

tonyajoyner
Buyer
Thanks so much! I published my first in June & it's on Amazon (you can preview it there as well). It's called, Mostly Sunny...With a Chance of Clouds & Rain. Thank you for your interest! My next book, How NOT to Kill Your Kids Before They Turn 18, will be out this fall. I must agree that it takes discipline!
September 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

tonyajoyner
Buyer
Hi Margaret!
Thanks for you free downloads on copyright. I am writing a book & am just wondering if I'd come out better just taking my own pics. I am at a loss on where to find good images that don't require a ton of red tape or fees. I just want to be clear, if I'm using images within a book (not the cover) that I intend to sell, I can't use anything like clipart, printmaster images or anything from the internet under any circumstances, correct?

Thanks for your help!
September 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi tonyajoyner,
Congratulations on your book! Those who have never written one can't appreciate the discipline and hard word required to finish the task!

Yes, you are correct about taking images from the internet. However, there are sites like iStock photo and a few others that do sell images for commercial use, but they are super expensive! If you can take your own pictures, that would solve the problem.

Are you going to publish your work on TpT? If so, would you to send me a link. I would love to see it.
September 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Angela Steltzer
Angela Steltzer  (TpT Seller)
Hello Margaret! Can I "speak" to you offline regarding a section of your copyright FAQ document? I have an improvement suggestion. I tried looking for a "send message to seller" option before posting this here but I didn't see one...am I overlooking it?

Many thanks!

-Angie

EDIT: Page 12 of your guide contains the following:
The site goes on to state. . . Any publication or public display shall include the following notice: “© Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.” States and territories of the United States as well as the District of Columbia that have adopted the Common Core State Standards in whole are exempt from this provision of the License. According to this entry, if your state has adopted the Standards, then you do not have to give copyright acknowledgement in your documents. Personally, since we sell nation- wide and around the globe, I think it would be a good idea to always include the suggested copyright notice.
I'd like to draw particular attention to the following sentence:
*According to this entry, if your state has adopted the Standards, then you do not have to give copyright acknowledgement in your documents.*
That's incorrect. The exemption from the copyright notification requirement is for STATES- not for individuals acting in their own capacity. While you follow up by advising to include the acknowledgement, a reasonable reader would not think it was a necessity.
Furthermore, you make no mention of each state's version of the common core standards. The exemption was necessary because of the 10th Amendment-- states have the right to control education matters within their own borders. Therefore each state has written and published its own common core standards and those can and are copyrighted. It's possible that a teacher-author would use (inadvertently) the state's standards instead.
September 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
It's perfectly OK for you to make your improvement suggestion right here if you would like. Any changes that will help make the document better for TpT sellers is welcome!

Thanks for contacting me about this. I'm looking forward to reading about your idea!
September 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

holly korchmar
Holly K. re: Word Trek Book Two: Greek/Latin Affixes and Base Words--Full Year Study
Do you test the students on the words (like a traditional spelling type test)? Are the words sent home each week? How do students study for the test?
September 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Yes, the students are tested on the lesson's featured base words and the vocabulary words. You can use the words like traditional spelling tests if you want. The tests that go with each lesson are based on the lesson worksheet. If they do the worksheet and study the information, then they will do well on the test. There are no "surprise questions" on the test!

You can download several sample lessons on the product page that will give you a clear idea of how the program works.

Thanks for your interest in Word Trek! Hope this program will meet your students' needs!
September 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Sarah Anne
Sarah Anne  (TpT Seller) re: Suggested Product Pricing Guide for TpT Sellers
HI Margaret,

Thanks so much for your guide. I've only been selling for a few months and I agonize over pricing with every product. Your pricing guide is a terrific help!! Thank you . Sarah Anne :)
September 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Pricing is a difficult subject! So glad you found this plan to be a help.
September 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Norman LaFave
Norman LaFave  (TpT Seller)
I am relatively new TpT. I have some powerpoint physics lessons with animations that I have been using in my high school and college classrooms and my stusdents love them. My problem is figuring out how to promote them. I have had very little traffic through my shop. Any advice?
September 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

meliha
Buyer re: Christmas Figures of Speech: Deck the Halls with Figurative Language
Hi.. your design is very creative. What program or software do you use? Thanks
August 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Margaret Whisnant
Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
That's just plain ole' Microsoft Word! I use text boxes, ping images from subscription clipart sites, borders, WordArt, and fill color. It's really suprising what you can do with such a simple program.

Thanks for the positive feedback. It keeps me motivated!!

Margaret
August 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

4theFuture
Buyer
Thank you! Then, can anyone share what programs/images one can use?
August 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Immediately after graduating from Lenoir Rhyne College in 1965 with a degree in high school business education, I touched ground and taxied into a self-contained elementary classroom filled to the brim with 38 eighth graders. Not the place I had planned to spend the next thirty years, but unwittingly, I landed where I belonged! Most of my thirty years in education were spent living happily in the delightful, chaotic, but always interesting world of sixth, seventh, and eight graders. For three of those years I served as a facilitator for gifted education in twelve elementary schools, where I worked with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders and dozens of teachers. During the last phase of my career, I traveled to schools throughout western North Carolina and presented workshops based on a program for teaching composition skills that I authored and used in my classroom. In 1997, after retiring from the classroom, I founded Taking Grades Publishing Company and began a second career writing teaching materials for middle grade language arts teachers. The company has enjoyed steady growth and can now claim customers in all fifty states, several Canadian provinces, and even Taiwan! Joining the TeachersPayTeachers team in November 2008 was the beginning of my third career in education. Once a teacher. Always a teacher!

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style would probably be classified as traditional in that I absolutely loved presenting a well-prepared lesson standing on my feet, facing my class, answering every question (twice), and circling often for special effects. Then I enjoyed watching and listening when my students packed up what I had taught and went exploring. I was progressive in that I kept an open mind for new ideas. I certainly tried and tested many current theories during my career (1965-1995). If there was a better way, I wanted it for my students, and I constantly incorporated new techniques and theories into my teaching. But the basics never really changed for me. Stand up and teach! Watch 'em go! Humor was always welcomed and encouraged in my classroom. How much better to go home exhausted from laughing than just exhausted! At the end of the day, if I had allowed my students to teach me at least as much I had taught, then I had been a good teacher.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Catawba County Language Arts Teacher of the Year 1994

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduated from Fred T. Foard High School in 1962. Attended Lenoir Rhyne University 1962-1965. Graduated on the third Friday in August 1965 and begin teaching the next Monday, two days later.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

North Carolina is my home, always has been, always will be. I live in Conover, a small town located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. My home is the same one I bought thirty-five years ago as a starter, but it's OK. I am not finished with it. My first love is teaching, and I spent thirty happy years in the classroom as a middle school language arts teacher. To this day, I still am amazed that I actually got paid for doing something that I thought of as a natural part of my life. It was never a job. Ask anyone who knows me. Children and animals have always been my passion. During my teaching years, I served as secretary and president of the local humane society. There has always been at least one cat on my lap and a few others circling in a holding pattern. After retiring from teaching, I decided to pursue my long-time dream of writing teaching materials professionally. Along came my company, Taking Grades, the World Wide Web, some extremely sharp learning curves, and my dream grew into a reality. On the internet I am known as Margaret at Taking Grades, but in the community I am known as the bird lady. There is a good explanation. The same year I began writing, I also developed an interest in wildlife rehabilitation. Today I am a fully licensed wildlife rehabilitator, specializing in orphaned and injured songbirds. Each season, from April to the end of August, I take in around 150 little ones (robins, blue jays, blue birds, Carolina Wrens, chickadees, cardinals) anything claiming to be a songbird, raise them to adults, and release them back into the wild. My home office does double duty as a baby bird nursery from spring to late summer. I am withholding this information from the cats!