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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 New Hampshire.   
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.

View a sample We the People lesson   Web-based enhanced ebook

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!

Level 1   Level 2   Level 3

We the People-Related
We the People Correlates Well With NH Social Studies Frameworks
• Consource
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.
Check the correlation to see how the program fits well with the NH Frameworks and assists you in meeting social studies objectives.

• Level I - Grades 3-4 & 5-6 Frameworks
• Level II - Grades 5-8 Frameworks
• Level II - Grades 9-12 Frameworks
• Level III - Grades 9-12 Frameworks
District Coordinators
State Hearing Questions 
Rules for High School Competition 
District Level High School Questions 
We the People District Roster 
We the People State Roster 

Attorneys:   Volunteer Sign-up Form   
District I
Arthur Pease
Lebanon HS, Retired
51 Townsend Terr.
Lebanon, NH 03766
  District II
Mike Brosnan
Gorham HS
120 Main Street
Gorham, NH
If you are interested in using this program in the classroom, please e-mail Law Related Education Coordinator, Robin E. Knippers for curriculum materials, or call her at 603-224-6942, ext. 3259.  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 Coordinator, Robin E. Knippers, at  603-224-6942, ext. 3259.
Supplemental Material
This supplementary lesson is designed to be taught after students have completed Lessons 1-7 (Unit 1) and 17 (Unit 1) of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Level 3 text.
2014 We the People State Champs: Milford High School
Under the direction of teacher, Dave Alcox, Milford High School is the 2014 We the People State champion.

NH's Wild Card Team - Nashua North
Nashua North, under the direction of Ms. Tarin LaFrance Smart, will also be competing at the Nationals as a wild card team.

Congratulations to both teams!

We the People: In the Media
We the People Alum Returns as a Judge NH Bar News - January 15, 2014

Milford High’s We the People program busy ‘creating great citizens’
The Cabinet - February 21, 2013

Students earn honors at We the People
The Cabinet - June 7, 2012

Nashua North Student Writes Up We the People Competition
Nashua Telegraph - December 19, 2010

Milford Team Wins Award at We The People National Finals by Senator Robert Letourneau
Bar News - May 15, 2009

Attorney Credits We the People with Early Interest in Law - Bar News - Feb. 13, 2009

We the People Featured in Video - January 2009

LRE Thanks Two We the People Champions - Bar News - Nov. 14, 2008

See the We the People NH State Competition video on YouTube - January 2008 
We the People Textbooks
Available from NHBA-LRE Program for a fee plus S&H.

Suggested grades 4-6
$330 plus $45 S&H

Suggested grades 7-9
$455 plus $52 S&H

  Suggested grades 10-12
$560 plus $105 S&H

Companion website

Podcast: Understand the differences between the old and the revised texts.

Literacy Guides now available for free download!
Strategies for
Struggling Readers

Level 2     Level 3

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