STAAR US History Review Sheet for Texas

A STAAR US History Packet ... Use this page's links for an online STAAR US History study guide for Texas high school students evaluating the TEKS.  



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The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) United States History Assessment asks students to demonstrate an understanding of both history and other Social Studies ideas and skills. The STAAR program evaluates the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum standards.

The STAAR US History Exam utilizes the following Categories to ask you 68 multiple choice questions. Many of these involve a stimulus, or document that could be a primary source, secondary source, chart, graph, map, diagram, or other visual source.  

Reporting Category 1: History ... 30 Questions

Reporting Cateogry 2: Geography and Culture... 12 Questions

Reporting Category 3: Government and Citizenship .. 10 Questions

Reporting Category 4: Economics, Science, Technology, and society ... 16 Questions






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Amendments Lesson and Bill of Rights Song


Most Important Amendments to Know:

1. SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, ETC. Court Cases related include: Schenck, Feiner, Tinker, and Engel.

4. Search and Seizure = Court Cases related include: Mapp, T.L.O.

5. DUE PROCESS - Court Cases related include: Miranda

6. ATTORNEY - Court Cases related include: Gideon


13, 14, 15 = RECONSTRUCTION AMENDMENTS. 14 -- Court Cases related include: Equality in Plessy, Brown, and Korematsu.

16, 17, 18, 19 = PROGRESSIVE AMENDMENTS THAT WERE INSPIRED BY POPULISM. Remember ... Populism's Omaha Platform ... STAR 16 (Senators, Tax, Australian Ballot, RR control, 16:1 Ratio of Silver to Gold)

16 = (Six has an X, so does Income Tax)

17 = Seeeeventeen, Seeeenators

18. = Prohibition -- 18 used to be the drinking age. Now it's 21. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th!


22 = TWO TERM LIMIT (two 2's in 22)







Charts for Federalism and Checks and Balances


Checks and Balances Song






Government in 14! WOW!




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Detailed Review Sheet


Know your basics from Celebrate Freedom Week!

Egalitarianism and E Pluribus Unum, Declaration of Independence,   Articles of Confederation land Ordinances,   Shays’ Rebellion,  Philadelphia Convention, Federalists and Anti Federalists, Federalist Papers, Federalist #10 Great Compromise3/5 Compromise,   Commercial Compromise Delegated Powers,  Federalism, Elastic Clause/Implied Powers,  Bill of Rights, Alexis de Tocqueville




Black Codes,   Reconstruction Act of 1867 Carpetbagger Literacy tests KKK, Jim Crow Sharecropping, Home Rule New South Nativism Transcontinental Railroad,  Robber Barons and Trusts, Social Darwinism and Edward Bellamy Gospel of Wealth Knights of Labor, AFL, IWW Pendleton Act Railroad Strike of 1877, Pullman Strike  Haymarket Affair Sherman Anti-Trust Act Granger Movement, Dawes Act Wounded Knee Roosevelt Corollary Big Stick Diplomacy, and Panama Canal,  Teller and Platt Amendments, . Open Door Policy / John Hay, Populism, Cross of Gold Speech Conservation, Ballinger-Pinchot, John Muir, Triangle Fire, Settlement Houses, Muckrakers, Election of 1912, Clayton Antitrust Act, Underwood Tariff FTC Lusitania, Zimmermann Note,  Red Scare Lost Generation Flapper, Sacco and Vanzetti, . Mother's pensions, Great Migration,   Harlem Renaissance Teapot Dome Scopes Trial Dust Bowl,

 Bonus Army Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Smoot-Hawley Tariff, Fireside Chats,  Relief Recovery Reform, John Maynard Keynes, Bank Holiday, AAA, FDIC, SEC, CCC, WPA, PWA, TVA, , NIRA and NRA, Social Security, Court Pack, Huey Long,  Lend Lease Act, Pearl Harbor, D-Day Yalta Conference, Japanese Internment, Island Hopping and Atomic Bomb, War Bonds and Taxes to beat the Axis!, Taft-Hartley, Beatniks, Rosiethe Riveter, G.I. Bill, Atlantic Charter and United Nations, Nuremberg Trials, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Truman Doctrine, Containment, Marshall Plan, U2, Sputnik, Rosenbergs, McCarthyism, Berlin Airlift, NATO and Warsaw Pact, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis Star Wars, Gulf of Tonkin, Tet Offensive,  Domino Theory, Military-Industrial Complex Hippies, Détente  Nixon Doctrine, Nixon and ping pong diplomacy, Little Rock 9 , Civil Rights Act of 1964, George Wallace, Great Society, Watergate, War Powers Act, Camp David Accords, staglfation, Reaganomics   Iran Hostage Crisis, Equal Rights Amendment, César Chávez, Silent Spring , NAFTA  HamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamilton


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Question: What are some civic duties and responsibilities that I have in this republic?

When it comes to living in a democracy, there are certain civic duties that one must do by law such as serving on a jury, following state and federal laws, and paying taxes. Citizens may also act on their civic responsibilities by voting in elections, getting involved in the political process, and even holding office.




What were the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?

What were the major Compromises of the Constitution?

Why did America want Independence? What did the Declaration of Independence actually say?

How do the branches of government check one another?

What was Washington’s stance on foreign policy?

What happened to Native Americans during westward expansion?

What were the strength and weaknesses of Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction? What happened in its aftermath?

What happened during the Gilded Age concerning "Robber Barons" and industrialization?

What were some of the cultural innovations of the Roaring 20s? Sports, Music, etc.

Why did immigrants move towards cities? How did the cities emerge?

How did Populists influence the Progressives?

What were the Progressive Reforms?

How did American foreign policy change c1898? One answer is this, which resulted in this.

All of the Progressive Reformers you need to know.

What was the controversy over the Treaty of Versailles Ratification?

Rachel Carlson's Silent Spring comes up all the time. It's a book about environmentalism.

Why was it called the Roaring 20s?

What were the causes of the Great Depression, and the solutions implicated by the New Deal (RRR)?

How did we stay neutral before WWII? How was WWII a Glorious War?

What were the major clashes of the Cold War?

How did different generations of Americans clash during the 60s and 70s?

How did segregation come to an end? What impact did the Warren Court have? Know all about the Civil Rights Leaders of all Eras, and the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

How has the US been involved in the global economy?

Don't get confused: W.E.B. Du Bois wanted absolute equality...Booker T. Washington wanted gradual gains. Remember: W.E.B. = Wants Equality for Blacks...Booker T., for Tuskegee Institute.



Know your Court Cases!!!!!


Muller v. Oregon = Limits hours women can work.

Adkins v. Children's Hospital = refutes Muller decision.

Schenck v. US = "Clear and Present Danger" Can't shout "FIRE!!!!" in a crowded theater (limits free speech).

Schecter v. US - Declares the NIRA Unconstitutional

US v. Butler - Declares AAA Unconstitutional

Insular Cases

Slaughterhouse Cases

Korematsu v. US = Japanese Internment is Constitutional as Executive Order 9066 states that in times of War, rights can be limited.

Plessy v. Ferguson = Justifies Jim Crow laws, and "separate but equal."

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka KS........ Ends segregation in schools.

Sweatt v. Painter 1950 - An African American student can be admitted to University of Texas Law School because another school would be separate and unequal.

Hernandez v. Texas 1954 - Mexican-Americans have equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.  

Roe v. Wade = legalizes abortion, but not in all cases.

Dennis v. US - Due process limited because of a fear of Communism. Similar to "clear and present danger" mentioned above.

Miranda v. Arizona, Gideon v. Wainwright, Mapp v. Ohio = rights of the accused.

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke – Race can be considered in the university admissions process, but distinct racial quotas are illegal.   

NY Times v. US, 1971 – Publication of the Pentagon Papers was protected by freedom of the press.

United States v. Nixon, 1974 - President Richard Nixon was not protected by executive privilege, and had to hand over tape-recordings. Nixon remains the only President to resign the office.

Cases involving a school: Tinker v. Des Moines, New Jersey v. T.L.O., Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, Engel v. Vitale





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Constitutional = The Great Compromise (Virginia (bicameral on population) vs. NJ Plan (equal representation), 3/5 Compromise, and Commercial Compromise.

Political Parties


Recent Presidents:






H.W. Bush


W. Bush



Presidential Slogans ...

TR (Rep) = A Square Deal for Americans! Support consumers over trusts.

Woodrow Wilson (Dem) = New Freedom (defeats TR's New Nationalism) and trustbusts with even more tenacity!

Warren G. Harding (Rep) = Return to Normalcy post WWII

FDR (Dem) = The New Deal - Public Works, and Government Economic influence

Truman (Dem) = A Fair Deal - social improvement, and healthcare.

Eisenhower (Rep) = Dynamic Conservatism. The 1950s = A conservative time, economically (Gov supports Big Business), politically (McCarthyism), and socially (Women at home, Leave it to Beaver). Eisenhower also signed the Interstate Highway Act to connect the country together with roads.

JFK (Dem) = The New Frontier, liberal problem solving for poverty, racial prejudice, and international aid.

LBJ (Dem) = The Great Society - Money to the poor, education, and an end to discrimination.

Bill Clinton = Know all about NATO troops, and obstruction of justice.

If Betty Friedan comes up on the test -- it's 1960s-1970s Feminism. I know this is a random thing, but she often comes up on the test.

Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring started the environmental movement.

First female Supreme Court Justice ... Sandra Day O'Connor ... First justice of Latin American descent ... Sonia Sotomayor

Some Random Names You May Not Know


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The Presidents Song, by The Social Studs

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The Causes of the Civil War Music Video, by the Social Studs

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Just for fun ... CAPITALS OF THE STATES! By the Social Studs

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