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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

"Two Worlds" introductory activity
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 1.1
Through the use of a carousel brainstorming strategy, this introductory activity for 8th grade social studies enables teachers to discover what their students already know about the geography and history of North Carolina. Students will work cooperatively and will recognize that they have much to learn about their state.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Understanding Cary's Rebellion
This lesson plan will aid students' comprehension as they read an article about Cary's Rebellion in the North Carolina digital history textbook.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Understanding Culpeper's Rebellion
In this lesson plan, students read an article about Culpeper's Rebellion and participate in a role-playing activity designed to help them understand the causes for and implications of this historical event.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Understanding North Carolina's Moravian settlers
In this lesson plan, students read a diary written by a young Moravian man traveling from Pennsylvania to a Moravian settlement in North Carolina in 1733. Students complete a graphic organizer with details of the journey and follow the route on a map.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Understanding the Columbian Exchange
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 5.1
This lesson will help students think about the effects of the Columbian Exchange, particularly the exchange of disease as it affected the psychology of the Europeans and Native populations in the early settlement of the Americas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Understanding work in colonial Carolina
This lesson plan explores two forms of labor in colonial Carolina — indentured servitude and apprenticeships. Students learn about these forms of labor by reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
"Where Am I?" Reading guide and activities
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.3
This lesson for grade 8 will help students to understand the article "Where Am I? Mapping a New World" through the use of a graphic organizer and a reading guide.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
William Byrd graphic organizer
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read excerpts from a journal written by William Byrd, a wealthy plantation owner from Virginia who was one of several men commissioned to survey the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina in 1728.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Wordsplash example
Wordsplash example
Example of a wordsplash -- an arrangement of key terms displayed visually around a central topic. This example presents words associated with the Pleistocene Epoch.
Format: image/illustration
Writing activities: William Hilton explores the Cape Fear River
Writing activities suggested to accompany students' reading of a primary source document — a 1663 report by the English explorer William Hilton about the geography and native peoples of the Cape Fear region.
Format: activity/lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
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