The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." For students to become fully empowered participants in democracy, attention must be paid to this "civic competence." The social studies, including history, geography, civics, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, and anthropology, are central to the mission of public schools.
The Utah Standards for Social Studies reflect the content, concepts, and skills considered essential for all students.
The term "literacy" is too often considered solely an English Language Arts term. In fact, literacy is a term that transcends disciplines. Disciplinary literacy plays a crucial role in the cultivation of informed, responsible participants in political life - competent citizens who are committed to the fundamental values and principles of representative democracy (as explained in Utah Code 53G-10-204). We must have historically literate students with all the skills essential to understand and appreciate the rich tapestry of human history. We must have geographically literate students who are able to understand the world around them. Clearly, economic literacy is essential for the well-being of our students and nation. Civic literacy is essential for the sustaining of our democratic republic.
The resources found here are a curated collection of units, lesson plans, learning experiences, and materials that align with Utah’s Social Studies Core Standards. LEAs have the duty to select instructional materials that best correlate to the core standards for Utah public schools and graduation requirements. (UCA 53G-4-402(1(a)). Posting of resources by USBE staff curriculum content specialists does not imply the resources have received official endorsement from the State Board. Educators are responsible for ensuring use of these materials complies with LEA policies and directives.
Looking for more civics resources? Be sure to visit the U.S. Constitution hub:
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The following collections contain Social Studies lessons, activities, and other resources that have been evaluated and aligned by Utah Social Studies educators. They have been organized by grade level to assist you in quickly finding the best resources for your classroom.
The following collections contain Social Studies resources organized by content provider.
Want to learn more about teaching Social Studies? These professional learning opportunities are supported through the Utah State Board of Education: