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.
Important We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Dates for 2019-2020
District Hearings State Finals
Friday, December 6, 2019 Friday, January 10, 2020
(Snow Date Dec. 9) (Snow Date Jan. 13)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
(Awards to follow) 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Legislative Office Building Concord, NH (State Champion named following last session)
` Legislative Office Building Concord, NH
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!
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 program, or if you’d like further information, contact LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers, 603-715-3259.
If you are interested in using this program in the classroom, please contact Law Related Education Coordinator, Robin E. Knippers, 603-715-3259 for curriculum materials.
Interested in bringing this to your classroom? Discover what went on during the 2019 teacher training sessions.
Additional information can be found on the Center for Civic Education website.
Previous ‘We the People’ Teams
We the People Textbooks
Sets of books (30 student texts + 1 teacher guide) are available for a fee plus S&H. Click on your grade level for more information.