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Utah Core Standards

The Utah Core Standards for Social Studies reflect the content, concepts, and skills considered essential for all students.

These standards are contained in the following three documents:

With the additional adoption of the Utah Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects came an opportunity to ensure a seamless connection between the content and concepts in the existing social studies standards and the literacy skills in the ELA core.

The term “literacy” is too often considered solely an ELA term. In fact, literacy is a term that transcends disciplines. 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 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.

Here are Core Standard Examples of how the Core Standards for ELA/Literacy complement the social studies content standards. Each social studies content standard is paired with a possible ELA/Literacy standard.

Social Studies Core Standards


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade



Geography for Life



United States Government and Citizenship

United States History I

United States History II

Utah Studies

World Civilization