We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution
This nationally acclaimed civic education instructional program enhances students' understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy while allowing students to discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The primary goal of "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's elementary and secondary students. The design of the instructional program, including the innovative culminating activity, is what makes the program a success.
The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of judges. At the high school level, schools participate in Regional and State Competitions, held in December and January each year, performing units before a panel of notable governmental and political leaders. The top performing high school team attends the National Competition in Washington, D.C. representing NH.
Announcing the We the People National Finals!
The Center for Civic Education is pleased to announce the 28th Annual We the People National Finals
, being held April 24-27, 2015, on the campus of George Mason University and in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.
We the People Textbooks
Sets of books (30 student texts + 1 teacher guide) are available for a fee plus S&H.
Contact NHBA LRE
for more info.
Suggested grades 4-6
$390 plus $45 S&H
Project Citizen - Level 2
Suggested grades 7-9
$455 plus $52 S&H
: Understand the differences between the old and the revised texts.
Literacy Guides now available for free download!
Strategies for Struggling Readers
Announcing the New We the People Enhanced Ebook
We the People: The Citizen & the
Constitution, an internationally acclaimed civics textbook for
high school students used throughout NH, is now available as
a Web-based enhanced ebook that can be read on nearly any device,
including Macs and PCs, Apple iPads and iPhones, Android tablets
and smart phones, and Windows 8 touch-screen devices.
We the People enhanced ebook features hundreds of videos, photos,
fundamental documents, and interactive exercises that give students
a rich, multimedia environment for learning about the Constitution
and the contemporary issues that impact today's learners. Each
lesson also includes a built-in optional teacher/guide and audio
narration. The We the People program engages students in learning
about the U.S. Constitution and our system of government.
We the People Aligned to the Common Core State Standards
All three levels of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
are now aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The correlations
were performed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; print textbook correlations
for Level 3 were performed by the Maryland Department of Education.
Thank you to our partners in education for making We the People
an even more valuable resource for NH teachers!
We the People Resources
ConSource is a free online library of constitutional history.
• Literacy Links
The site where literacy and civics instruction meet to help teachers provide engaging, interdisciplinary learning experiences for their students.
WTP Correlates Well With NH Social Studies Frameworks
Check the correlation to see how the program fits well with the NH Frameworks and assists you in meeting social studies objectives.
If you are interested in using this program in the classroom, please contact Law Related Education Coordinator, Robin
, 603-715-3259 for curriculum materials. Additional information can be found on the Center
for Civic Education website
As always, volunteers are needed to act as facilitators, timers, judges and/or scorers. If you are interested in volunteering your time to be a part of this phenomenal program, or if you'd like further information about "We the People", contact LRE
2014-15 Program Year
We welcome Hollis Brookline High School to our We the People District Hearings. Trevor Duval brings a team of 34 students.
Also with us this Year:
Dave Alcox - Milford High School with a team of 16 students
Dan Marcus - John Stark Regional High School with a team of 17 students
Tarin Smart - Nashua High North with a team of 16 students
Friday, December 5, 2014
(Snow Date Dec. 8)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(Awards to follow)
Legislative Office Building
Friday, January 9, 2015
(Snow Date Jan. 12)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. &
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(Awards to follow last session)
Legislative Office Building
We the People in the Media
We the People Alum Returns as a JudgeNH Bar News
- January 15, 2014
Milford High's We the People program busy 'creating great
- February 21, 2013
Students earn honors at We the People
- June 7, 2012
Nashua North Student Writes Up We the People Competition
- December 19, 2010
Milford Team Wins Award at We The People National Finals
By Senator Robert Letourneau
- May 15, 2009
Attorney Credits We the People with Early Interest in Law
- Feb. 13, 2009
We the People Featured in Video
LRE Thanks Two We the People ChampionsBar News
- Nov. 14, 2008
See the We the People NH State Competition video