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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:
Friday, December 8, 2023
(Snow Date Dec. 11)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(Awards to follow)
Location in Concord TBD
Friday, January 5, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Snow Date Jan. 8)
(State Champion named following last session)
Location in Concord TBD
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!
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
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.
Program support from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Advancement of Justice Fund