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World Civilizations

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

Core Document



The study of World Civilizations emphasizes the increasing interrelationships over time of the world’s peoples. These interrelationships have developed in two major arenas. First, the relationships have developed among major regions of the world: East Asia, South Asia, Southwest Asia (Middle East), Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America. Second, they have developed within all aspects of human activity: political, economic, social, philosophical and religious, scientific and technological, and artistic. This course is designed as a semester course but recommended for a year’s study.

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.

Jigsaw Ancient Technology and Writing Systems

Greek Culture and Aesop's Fables


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

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

Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.

Anne Frank
Anne Frank in the World, 1929 - 1945, Teacher Workbook. The Friends of Anne Frank in Utah and the Intermountain West Region.

The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
Presents over 2400 annotated links in a wide range of international affairs and international relations topics.

The Global Information Access NeT (GIANT)
The project has three principal goals: Broaden and equalize access to international affairs information. Increase visibility of international affairs organizations and experts outside advanced industrialized countries. Foster collaborative activities, nationally and internationally.

The University Center for International Studies
The design for UCIS was carefully thought out to promote the integration and synthesis of international knowledge, not its splintering into disciplinary islands.

Institute for Global Communications
As a project of Tides, IGC shares the vision to actively promote change toward a healthy society, one which is founded on principals of social justice, broadly shared economic opportunity, a robust democratic process, and sustainable environmental practices.

Pioneer (Utah's Online Library)
Provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

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.