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Core Standards

United States Government and Citizenship

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

Core Document

The goal of this course is to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. Knowing how to be a good citizen is essential to the preservation and improvement of United States democracy. Upon completion of this course the student will understand the major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system. This course is recommended for seniors due to their proximity to voting age.

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.

A Bill of Rights and the News

A Personal Experience with Discrimination

Foreign and Defense Policy


A Time for Justice

Understanding the Work of the Legislature

Using Service Learning in the Social Studies Classroom

What is Economics? An Economic Board Game

Writing a Classroom Constitution


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
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

Center for Civic Education
Specializes in civic and citizenship education, law-related education, and international exchange programs in education in developing democracies. Programs focus upon the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, constitutions and constitutionalism, participation, rights and responsibilities of citizens.

A good place to begin your review of government.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library preserves a collection of nearly 121 million items, more than two-thirds of which are in media other than books.

President IDEA Network.

Legislative Information on the Internet. Current US Federal legislative Information. Bills, Laws, Congressional Record, reports, and links to further information.

The White House

Pioneer (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.