Teaching with Utah History

These Utah-based lessons and primary sources are geared for upper elementary and secondary students. They offer local examples of major themes in American and Utah history, world history, geography, economics, earth science/ecology/environmental studies, and more.

State History Lesson Plans: Teaching Utah with Primary Sources
The Utah Division of State History's "Our Past, Their Present" series offers flexible lesson plans that emphasize primary source analysis. Use them to explore immigrant experiences, diversity, racial and ethnic relations, Americanization, conflict and cooperation, economics, industrialization, transportation, migration, labor, and women's history.
John Jarvie Historic Ranch Curriculum
Lesson plans for grades 4 & 5 (but adaptable for older students) that use the primary and secondary sources available at Jarvie Ranch (near Vernal, Utah) to teach about the human history and natural history of this important landmark.
Primary Source Lesson Plans by Dr. Jeff Nokes
Engage your students in primary source analysis activities by Dr. Jeffrey D. Nokes, author of Building Students' Historical Literacies: Learning to Read and Reason with Historical Texts and Evidence (2013).
Utah State History Digital Exhibits
Digital primary sources curated by the Utah Division of State History to support student activities and discussions on Utah's national parks, the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, and historic foodways of Utah.
Springville Museum of Art
Several resources for teachers that focus on Utah art and art history. SMOA also provides free posters and postcards of Utah art to any Utah teachers, and have a variety of lesson plans that integrate art with other subjects.
Park City Museum
Teacher resource on a miner’s family living in Park City. Curriculum on Park City mining.
History to Go
Compiled by the Utah State Historical Society for upper elementary and secondary students and teachers, this extensive site offers articles, exhibits, historic photographs on Utah history topics.
Utah Women Making History: Lesson Plans from Better Days 2020
Primary source sets, activities, and lesson plans for elementary and secondary classrooms about Utah women's work for voting rights. Additionally, use the bios and illustrations of Utah women's advocates to explore diverse women's contributions to Utah through politics, art, education, business, and community leadership.
We Shall Remain
We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah, is a five-part documentary produced by PBS Utah. Access the films and lesson plans exploring the distinct histories, cultures, ways of Ute, Paiute, Northwestern Shoshone, Goshute, and Navajo people.