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We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution

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!
Level 1   Level 2   Level 3
We the People Resources
ConSource is a free online library of constitutional history.
Literacy Links
The site where literacy and civics instruction meet to help teachers provide engaging, interdisciplinary learning experiences for their students.
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.
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.
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 Coordinator Robin E. Knippers, 603-715-3259.
Program News
2014-15 Program Year
We welcome Hollis Brookline High School to our We the People District Hearings. Trevor Duval brings a team of 34 students.
Also with us this Year:
Dave Alcox - Milford High School with a team of 16 students
Dan Marcus - John Stark Regional High School with a team of 17 students
Tarin Smart - Nashua High North with a team of 16 students
We the People in the Media
We the People Alum Returns as a Judge
NH Bar News - January 15, 2014

Milford High's We the People program busy 'creating great citizens'
The Cabinet - February 21, 2013

Students earn honors at We the People
The Cabinet - June 7, 2012

Nashua North Student Writes Up We the People Competition
Nashua Telegraph - December 19, 2010

Milford Team Wins Award at We The People National Finals
By Senator Robert Letourneau
Bar News - May 15, 2009

Attorney Credits We the People with Early Interest in Law
Bar News - Feb. 13, 2009

We the People Featured in Video
January 2009

LRE Thanks Two We the People Champions
Bar News - Nov. 14, 2008

See the We the People NH State Competition video on YouTube
January 2008
We the People Textbooks
Sets of books (30 student texts + 1 teacher guide) are available for a fee plus S&H. Contact NHBA LRE for more info.

Suggested grades 4-6
$390 plus $45 S&H

Project Citizen - Level 2
Suggested grades 7-9
$455 plus $52 S&H

Suggested grades 10-12
$560 plus $105 S&H

Companion website
Podcast: Understand the differences between the old and the revised texts.
Literacy Guides now available for free download!

Strategies for Struggling Readers
Level 2      Level 3

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