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I am currently the Director of a Teaching American History Grant for Buncombe County Schools, Asheville City Schools, and Madison County Schools. I have taught history and English in the seventh and eighth grades for over twenty-six years at Reynolds Middle School in Asheville, North Carolina. I am currently doing adjunct work for Mars Hill College and Western Carolina University. I have a Masters Degree from Western Carolina University and am Nationally Board Certified in Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History. I am certified to teach K–12 and I also have Academically-Intellectually Gifted certification.

Resources created by Pauline S. Johnson

Teaching suggestions: Graveyard of the Atlantic
Suggested activities for use with the article "Graveyard of the Atlantic," which explains why the waters off North Carolina's coast have been unusually treacherous for shipping.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching suggestions: A Brief Description of the Province of Carolina
Teaching suggestions designed to support students' understanding of a 17th-century primary source document — a pamphlet produced in London at the request of the Lords Proprietors describing the economic opportunity and religious freedom available to settlers in Carolina.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching suggestions: African and African American storytelling
These teaching suggestions present a variety of ways to work with an article about African and African American storytelling traditions in the context of American slavery. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching suggestions: Families in colonial North Carolina
These teaching suggestions present a variety of ways to work with an article about families in colonial North Carolina. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching suggestions: Firsthand accounts of the Tuscarora War
These teaching suggestions present ideas for working with two primary source accounts of the Tuscarora War. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a wide variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching suggestions: Governing the Piedmont
This set of teaching suggestions was designed to help students understand an article about the colonial government of the Piedmont.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 and 11 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching suggestions: The North Carolina Gazette and Poor Richard's Almanack
This list of teaching suggestions will support students' understanding of how information was disseminated during the colonial era, as they read an article about North Carolina's first newspaper and a series of colonial-era excerpts from Poor Richard's Almanack.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching suggestions: The Tuscarora War
These teaching suggestions will aid students' comprehension as they read an article about the Tuscarora War. Suggestions include a role-play activity with step-by-step instructions and a list of leading discussion questions.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Theories of migration
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.1
In this lesson, students will read about and evaluate differing theories about the migration of the first people to the Americas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing
This article introduces the concept of tobacco bag stringing and discusses its importance as a source of income for women in North Carolina and Virginia during the Great Depression. Adapted for elementary students.
Format: article
Adapted by Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity four
In this activity for grades 3–5, students will read and evaluate a primary source letter from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection. This should be done after Activity one, which is the introductory activity about tobacco bag stringing. Students will investigate the influence of technology, and its lack, on the tobacco bag stringers. They will do a role play/debate in which they will assume the roles of owners of companies and other people that were involved in the issue.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity one
This activity for grades 3–6 will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was and why it was important to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Students will read and analyze an adapted introductory article about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity three
In this activity for grades 3–6, students will read and evaluate primary source letters from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection. This should be done after Activity one, which is the introductory activity about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity five
In this activity for grades 7–12, students will evaluate primary source photographs from the tobacco bag stringing collection and some of Lewis Hine's photographs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity four
In this activity for grades 7–12, students will examine primary source photographs and biographical information that were collected for the Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation to set up a data record.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity four data matrix
Data matrix to accompany "Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity four."
Format: document/lesson plan
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity one
This activity for grades 7–12 will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was and why it was important to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Students will read and analyze an introductory article about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity seven
In this activity for grades 7–12, students take on the role of legislators who must make a decision concerning the passage of an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Students will evaluate the impact of emotional appeal in persuasion. This activity builds on information learned in activities one through six.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity three
In this activity for grades 7–12, students will evaluate primary source photographs from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Turpentine, pitch, rosin, and tar — OR — Can you buy a navy in a naval store?
In this lesson plan, students examine three primary sources related to naval stores and participate in a discussion designed to help them understand the significance of naval stores in colonial North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
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