We the People
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. What makes the program so successful is the design of its instructional program, including its innovative culminating activity.
The instructional program enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. At the same time, students discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
The We the People program curriculum includes textbooks, lessons, and other Center for Civic Education resources. The curriculum provides upper elementary, middle, and high school students with a course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional democracy.
Please click on the following link to learn more about the We the People textbooks: http://new.civiced.org/wtp-the-program/curriculum/textbooks
Update: A new edition of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Level 2 (middle school) textbook has been released by the Center for Civic Education. This newly revised edition features updated text, images, and exercises to ensure that the next generation of Americans has the intellectual tools they need to become informed and engaged citizens. An updated teacher’s guide will be available in spring 2017.
All three levels of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution are now also aligned with the Common Core State Standards:
Learn more about the simulated congressional hearing by visiting our program page (add link to We the People program page).
If you are teaching the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum in your classroom and would like to request a classroom visit or would like assistance in arranging a tour of the Capitol or the Florida Supreme Court while visiting Tallahassee, please forward your request to Erin Watson, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we encourage teachers to learn more about professional development opportunities related to this program with the James Madison Legacy Project.
For additional information on the We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution Program, please contact Erin Watson as well (email@example.com).