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Dr. David Stevens

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State Champions

Social Studies

State Contest Director

Larry McCarty

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

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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