Prepare your students for the 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR test with this Power Point, the seventh in a multiple Power Point series, called the "7 Minute Mastery Series." It doesn't contain ALL the information you'd normally cover in a unit but rather addresses very specifically the key topics, people and places that have repeatedly shown up on the previous STAAR tests. After the instructional slides there are ten slides containing five previous STAAR test questions, first with the question, then the next slide with the answer and so on. Depending on your class length and depth of discussion, you could cover one to three of these Power Points in this "7 Minute Mastery Series." This Power Point contains topics such as: Northwest Ordinance, Thomas Jefferson, Louisiana Purchase, Manifest Destiny, Mexican Cession, Texas Annexation, Monroe Doctrine, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Battle of Palo Alto, 49ers, Gold Rush, Oregon Territory, Transcontinental Railroad, Chinese Immigration, nativism, German & Irish Immigration, National Road, Erie Canal, Missouri Compromise. This is number seven in the series I've created called 7 Minute Mastery Series, but to truly cover it in 7 Minutes you'd have to be flying, and when you include teacher elaboration, student questions/discussion/interjection and then, finally review of the five practice questions, this Power Point could easily take an entire class (for better or worse... depending on how much time you've allotted for STAAR review).