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 News
Milford High School students celebrate after winning the state championship
Milford High School will represent New Hampshire at the 28th Annual We the People National Finals in Washington, DC on April 24-27, 2015.
NH attorney Edward D. Philpot, Jr. will act as a judge at the competition.
In other We the People-related news, a program alum, Jessie Osgood from the 2013-14 John Stark team, has been selected for the Senate Youth Program. Learn more.
Announcing the New We the People Enhanced Ebook
We the People: The Citizen & the
Constitution, an internationally acclaimed civics textbook for
high school students used throughout NH, is now available as
a Web-based enhanced ebook that can be read on nearly any device,
including Macs and PCs, Apple iPads and iPhones, Android tablets
and smart phones, and Windows 8 touch-screen devices.
We the People enhanced ebook features hundreds of videos, photos,
fundamental documents, and interactive exercises that give students
a rich, multimedia environment for learning about the Constitution
and the contemporary issues that impact today's learners. Each
lesson also includes a built-in optional teacher/guide and audio
narration. The We the People program engages students in learning
about the U.S. Constitution and our system of government.
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!
As always, 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 phenomenal program, or if you'd like further information about "We the People", contact LRE