Core Standards

Utah Studies

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

Core Document

(Photo: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park Utah)

Utah is a state diverse in landscape and people. This course is designed to help students understand the state of Utah at a deeper level by reviewing Utah’s early history and particularly emphasizing Utah from statehood to the present. Students will understand the interaction between Utah’s geography and its inhabitants, as well as the formative contributions of Native American Indians, explorers, and Utah pioneers. The course will also investigate relationships between government and the people of Utah, the many opportunities people have to make a living in Utah, the diverse nature of Utah’s people and cultures, and the impact of contemporary events on the land and people of Utah. The Utah Studies core is designed to meet the needs of a semester-length course. Full-year Utah Studies courses may expand the scope and detail of this course to meet specific needs.

1. National Standards

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

2. Materials 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.

The Impact of Local Government

The Role of Government in Utah

The Three Branches of Utah’s Government

Utah’s Executive Branch

Utah's Legislative Branch, How a Bill Becomes Law

Utah’s Judicial Branch


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).

Missing Stories
by Kelen and Stone, ISBN: 0874805163
This book tells oral histories of ethnic and minority groups in Utah.

This is the Place
by Pat and Will Bagley, ISBN: 1885628250
This book combines equal parts illustration, information, and fascination as Utah's past is uncovered through archaeology.

Teacher Resources

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

Origins of Utah Place Names 
Origins of Utah Place Names was compiled and written by the Utah Writer's Project and by its predecessor, the Federal Writer's Project. Because of the size of this document we have broken it apart. To get the entire document you will need to download all five of the following files.

Introduction (Page 6)

Pages 7-17

Pages 18-27

Pages 28-37

Pages 38-47

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

Utah State Legislature
This is the official web site for the Utah State Legislature, House and Senate. You will find many resources as well as the Utah State Constitution.

Pioneer (Utah's Online Library)
Pioneer is Utah’s Online Library of electronic resources. It provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

Utah Education Network (UEN)
The Utah Education Network website 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
Zion's Bank and have created the Bank Jr web site as the biggest and most comprehensive kid-friendly resource on the web for learning about finances.