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State Champions

Social Studies

State Contest Director

Larry McCarty



Social Studies Topic 2014-2015


Social Studies Topic 2013-2014


Sample Test

(Not based on current reading list).



Integrating Social Studies into Classroom Instruction

Elements of the Contest

The Social Studies Contest consists of 45 objective questions and an essay. Students are expected to master primary reading selections, as well as specific documents, and to be familiar with general-knowledge social studies concepts and terms. Each year, the contest focuses on a different topic area and a reading list that is provided by UIL.

Social Studies Overview Video

Additional Information

2014-2015 Topic: United States Political History: The Executive Branch

Primary Reading Selection: 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents by David Pietrusza

Additional information related to presidents and the Executive Branch ... amgovoverview.htm
Article II of the U.S. Constitution

Related Supreme Court Cases:

Bush v Gore
Marbury v Madison
United States v Nixon
Clinton v City of New York
Board of State of Washington v. United States
The Prize Cases
Ex parte Merryman
Ex parte Milligan
Korematsu v. United States
Youngstown Sheet and Tube v. Sawyer
Boards of State of Washington v. United States
Train v. City of New York

Elections of Interest (for Section III questions) and related resources:

  • 1800
  • 1824
  • 1860
  • 1876
  • 1888
  • 1968
  • 2000

Additional Resources

Please Note: A comprehensive list of related terms will be available in the 2014 – 2015 UIL Study Guide. Additional links to related resources will also be provided.

2013-2014 Topic: Australia and Oceania Neighbors; Past and Present

Primary Reading Selection: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia by Thomas Keneally

Supplemental Reading Material for information related to the following nations:

  • Australia • Nauru
  • Brunei • New Zealand
  • East Timor • Palau
  • Federated States of Micronesia • Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji • The Philippines
  • French Polynesia • Samoa
  • Indonesia • Solomon Islands
  • Kiribati • Tonga
  • Malaysia • Tuvalo
  • Marshall Islands • Vanuato
  • Micronesia

BBC Country Profiles:

CIA World Factbook:

Additional Resources

Australia's First Fleet

Multicultural transport

Nautical Terms

Support Documents

First-hand stories of the First Fleet – several letters and diary excerpts from various people

Legal System

Book by Watkins Tench – use 3rd or 4th chapter or 17th, 18th or 19th

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