After a year long of preparation, I offer my students this study guide to help them make their final preparation for the 8th Grade Social Studies TAKS test. This study guide contains a brief summary of the 120 of the most important concepts, themes, vocabulary words, events, and people that may appear in the TAKS test.
Of course, I present this not as your run-of-the-mill study guide, but as a document that I put together after a "visit" to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in Austin. I try to get creative with my stories about this supposed visit. Besides, the "confidential" stamps, I also print out individual numbers for each copy and have the student sign a "confidentiality" sheet before they received the document. Sort of adds to the stigma of the study guide.
Top Secret Guide to Passing the TAKS by Adan Alfonso Perales
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