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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 needs Judges
District Hearings
Friday, December 8, 2017
(Snow Date: Dec. 11)
9 a.m. - noon
(Awards to follow)
State Finals
Friday, January 5, 2018
(Snow Date: Jan. 8)
9 a.m. - noon &
1 - 4 p.m.
(Awards to follow last session)

Attorney volunteers are needed to act as judges and timers at the We the People District Hearings on Fri., Dec. 8 and the State Finals on Fri., Jan. 5 at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Timers will be moved into a judging role should there be cancellations. Judges and timers receive the same info in order to be prepared. Both sessions will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Sign up now!

Announcing NEW Fourth Edition
High School, Level 3

The revised and updated fourth print edition of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution features new text, images, exercises, and Supreme Court cases. Students will explore the history and principles of constitutional democracy through critical-thinking exercises, cooperative-learning and participation in a simulated congressional hearing. The updated teacher's guide contains a step-by-step walkthrough of the student book as well as reproducible handouts and the end-of-course assessment.

We the People Enhanced Ebook
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
Helping to provide engaging, interdisciplinary learning experiences for 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
We the People in the Media

We the People State Championship
Bar News - January 20, 2016

Promoting Civics Education in NH: How the Bar and lawyers are helping
Bar News - November 18, 2015

Morning Mail: We, the People, Need to Fund Civic Education
Bar News - July 15, 2015

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. Click on your grade level for more info.
Literacy Guides now available for free download!

Strategies for Struggling Readers
Level 2      Level 3

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