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.

We the People Program Needs Judges and Timers

District Hearings
Friday, December 7, 2018
(Snow Date: Dec. 10)
9 a.m. – noon
(Awards to follow)

State Finals
Friday, January 11, 2019
(Snow Date: Jan. 14)
9 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m.
(Awards to follow last session)

Attorney volunteers are needed to act as judges and timers at the We the People District Hearings on Fri., Dec. 7 and the State Finals on Fri., Jan.11 at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Timers will be moved into a judging role should there be cancellations. Judges and timers receive the same info in order to be prepared. Both sessions will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Sign up now!

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

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.

Additional information can be found on the Center for Civic Education website.

We the People

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 info.

Literacy Guides now available
for free download!

Strategies for Struggling ReadersWe the People Literacy Guide

Level 2Level 3