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United States History

Utah Core Language Arts & Literacy Standards in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects

Core Document

United States History for grade 8 covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction and the western movement, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to exploration, colonization, the Revolutionary War, constitutional issues, nation building, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the western movement. Standards 1 and 2 should be integrated throughout the course rather than taught independently. The remaining standards can be taught either chronologically or thematically. Although the emphasis of this course is on the 18th and 19th centuries, additional content may be covered as time permits.

1. National Standards

National Standards from National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

2. Material and Resources

The following are materials and resources that can be used to support the core curriculum. 

Lesson Ideas

UEN Core Resources
Lesson plans and web resources that are aligned to the core standards.

American Indian Resources
Lesson plans and web resources that are aligned to the core standards.

Bill of Rights

Checks and Balances

Civil War Newspaper

Constitutional Convention

Development of the English Colonies

Exploring the West Using Fiction

Transcontinental Railroad


Notable Trade Books for Young People
The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).

Teacher Resources

The Learning Page
The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture. It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum.

Utah State Office of Education Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS)
Find instructional materials that have been adopted by the Utah State Office of Education.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education.

Internet Resources
A U.S. Civil War site that allows you to look at the timeline, battles, events, music, and documents of the Civil War.

American Memory
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

National Center for History in the Schools
The mission of the National Center for History in the Schools [NCHS] is to improve history education in K-12 schools via its challenging, yet easy to use, curricular materials and assisting with the professional development of K-12 history teachers.

Pioneer (Utah's Online Library)
Pioneer is Utah's Online Library. Access hundreds of full-text publications, the Wilson Biographies, World Book Encyclopedia, and Utah Newspaper archives.

Utah Education Network
Provides education tools, activities, lesson plans, curriculum guides and professional development for teachers and educators in the state of Utah. You can also find other UEN resources like KULC channel 9, EDNET, and distance learning resources here.

Bank Jr
Zions Bank and have created the Bank Jr website as the biggest and most comprehensive kid-friendly resource on the web for learning about finances.