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 team attends the National Finals 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 Program In the News!
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!
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.
Free 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 for free until July 31.
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.