This is a 20 page 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR study guide packet. I made this specifically based on hours and hours of going through previous STAAR tests and hours of discussions with students. Many study guides have LOTS of information because that's the "safe" way to play it. Put in an entire history book worth of info, ask students to memorize it and then you've covered all your bases. This guide cuts to the chase and almost exclusively addresses topics that have been on previous STAAR tests with a few additional topics that fill in the the gaps that will surely, eventually be on a STAAR test. Most of the guide is in easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate chronological order, however some key topics are highlighted separately, such as slavery, government, geography. There are three pages near the end dedicated to timeline, but instead of just the title of the "event" listed, a brief explanation and even connecting points are emphasized. This is so it's not a list of "names and dates" but rather more like reading the plot line to a novel or movie with sixty six separate events each with a explanation. The last two pages of the study guide contain maps with instructional blurbs to give students a more clear picture of WHERE these happens take place. The First Amendment is emphasized as it nearly always is addressed on the STAAR test, as are the 13-15th amendments in the slavery section. This guide doesn't have a full listing of the amendments (Bill of Rights, etc.) but you can download about a million different versions of that in a 10 second Google search that are probably better than I could do anyways. If you're like me you know there's a delicate balance between giving the students ALL the information in a packet and giving them a packet you'll know they'll actually read, so yes, I too am trying to walk that line here. Yes, there are some topics that probably could have been expounded on, but at what point do you stop? I stopped at 20 pages of what feels like a visually stimulating and easy-to-read packet. If there's some things you'd like to see added please let me know. I'm always looking to improve!