Free We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Teacher Professional Development

Description of Benefits

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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 2
, 2022
(Snow Date Dec. 5)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(Awards to follow)

State Finals
Monday, January 6, 2023
:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Snow Date Jan. 9)
(State Champion named following last session)

National Finals
April 21-24 2023

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 for elementary and middle school were performed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; The high school correlations were performed by the Maryland Department of Education. Click on the image of the grade’s corresponding book to find the correlations. Thank you to our partners in education for ensuring “We the People” is an even more valuable resource for NH teachers!

Attorney Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to act as judges and timers. If you are interested in volunteering your time please complete our Attorney Volunteer Sign-up Form

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 bringing We the People into the classroom, please contact the NH Bar Association.

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.

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

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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

Level 2Level 3

Program support from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Advancement of Justice Fund