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.
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.
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.
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).
Primary Source Sets curated by the Utah State Archives which include historical context, discussion questions, and primary source examples for both elementary and secondary school students.
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.
The Native American Curriculum Initiative supports learning and teaching about Utah’s Indigenous people through the arts. Access lessons and resources developed collaboratively with tribal nations, artists, and educators that use Native American perspectives to teach core curriculum.
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.
Teacher resource on a miner’s family living in Park City. Curriculum on Park City mining.
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.
Find lesson plans and resources that explore how the Transcontinental Railroad was built, how it impacted Native American communities, Chinese, Irish, and Mormon workers, and how the arrival of the railroad in Utah in 1869 forever transformed the state.
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: 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.