History

Welcome Statement

Content. Inquiry. Literacy. Citizenship.

The history teachers at La Paz Intermediate are guided by the History/Social Science Framework for California Public Schools. We strive to maximize the learning experience by developing skills through analyzing historical documents, investigative research, close reading,and argumentative writing. While learning about history we will practice skills that build character and prepare students for the real world.

California State Framework and Standards

Visit the following links to learn more information about the Framework and the Standards for 7th and 8th grade History.

Social Science Framework link

History/Social Science State Standards link


7th and 8th grade Units

7th Grade

Textbook used: Medieval to Early Modern Times, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2006.

Additional sources are selected by the teachers to enhance the curriculum.

The 7th grade units of study address the year-long inquiry question: How did the distant regions of the World become more interconnected through time?

  • Thinking like a Historian
  • Islamic World
  • West African Civilizations
  • China
  • Japan
  • Europe
  • Americas


8th Grade

Textbook used: United States History Independence to 1914, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2006.

Additional sources are selected by the teachers to enhance the curriculum.

The 8th grade units of study address the year-long inquiry question: What does Freedom mean to the Nation's founders and how did it change over time?

  • Colonial Era
  • Revolutionary Era
  • Constitution Unit
  • New Nation
  • Age of Jackson
  • Westward Expansion
  • North and South
  • Causes of the Civil War
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction Unit
  • Industrial Revolution

7th and 8th supply list

For the recommended supply list go to the following link:

La Paz Intermediate supply list

Teacher Contacts

Tammy Black - blackt@svusd.org

Shavaun Gonsior - gonsiors@svusd.org

Trish Jorquiera - jorquierap@svusd.org

John Hall Smith - smithjh@svusd.org

Jonathan Van Tassell - vantassellj@svusd.org

Washington D. C. / New York City Trip

Information for the annual 8th grade Washington D.C. / New York City trip can be accessed through your student's history teacher. Students receive registration materials through their 7th grade history teacher well in advance of the trip. For specific questions, please contact Mrs. Gonsior at gonsiors@svusd.org.