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 District Hearings and State Finals, held in December and January each year, demonstrating their knowledge in six units of study performing units before a panel of notable governmental and political leaders. The top performing high school class earns the opportunity to attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C. representing NH.

We the People Program In the News Historically

Important We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Dates:

District Hearings
Friday, December
10, 2021
(Snow Date Dec. 13)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(Awards to follow)

State Finals
Friday, January 14, 2022
(Snow Date Jan. 17)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(State Champion named following last session)

We the People Aligned to the Common Core State Standards

The elementary, middle and high school levels of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution texts are now aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The correlations were performed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; print textbook  for the high school text correlations for Level 3 were performed by the Maryland Department of Education. Thank you to our partners in education for ensuring “We the People” is a even more valuable resource for NH teachers!

Level 1   •   Level 2   •   Level 3

Attorney Volunteers

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.

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 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.

We the People e-books

The Center for Civic Education and our partner, Actively Learn, are offering the middle and high school enhanced eBook editions of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution.

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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.

New Elementary Level Book!

Suggested grades 4-6

We the People Textbooks - Suggested grades 4-6

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Suggested grades 7-9

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Suggested grades 10-12

We the People Textbooks - Suggested grades 10-12

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Companion website

Literacy Guides now available
for free download!

Strategies for Struggling Readers

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