We the People

Primary Goal

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 Benefits of We the People – Arvin High School Video
We the People Article – Ocala.com

Introductory Materials

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Preparing For The Challenges Of Citizenshippdf

Simulated Congressional Hearing Competitions

Participants hold a simulated congressional hearing as the culminating activity for the We the People program. The entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepares and presents statements before a panel of community representatives who act as congressional committee members. Students then answer questions posed by the committee members. The format provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing teachers with an excellent means of assessing performance.

Elementary school level classes may conduct noncompetitive hearings in front of a classroom or auditorium-size audience with community members acting as judges. Teachers at the middle and high school level may also conduct non-competitive hearings. However, middle school classes have the option of participating in the virtual competition detailed below and high school classes are encouraged to participate in the nationwide competitive program. High school competition begins at the congressional district level with teams from each school vying for the district championship. District winners go on to compete at a statewide hearing, and state champions travel to Washington, D.C. in the spring to represent their state in the We the People National Finals.

Additional information on the middle school competition may be obtained from Erin Watson at ewatson@flrea.org.

 

Registration

Registration for the High School Level and Middle School Level competitions is currently open. You can register for both the high school and middle school competition at the registration link.

High School Level

We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution State Finals Competition
Date: February 2, 2018
Location: Orlando, Florida

Middle School Level

We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution Middle School Competition
Date: February 2, 2018
Location: Orlando, Florida

 

Middle School Hearing Questions and Score Sheets

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2017-2018 WTP Middle School Hearing Questionspdf
Middle School Score Sheetpdf
Sample Hearing Question Gridpdf

Middle School Guidelines

Below is a list of materials to assist middle school teachers in preparing for a We the People Mock Congressional Hearing. These are sample generic resources only to be used for process purposes. Where the content may be different from the current questions for the academic year, the process for breaking down the questions is the same. The questions for each year will be provided separately. 

Units 1 and 2 Webinar
Units 3 and 4 Webinar
Units 5 and 6 Webinar
Middle School E-Book Training

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Unit 1 Middle School Pilotpdf
Unit 2 Middle School Pilotpdf
Unit 3 Middle School Pilotpdf
Unit 4 Middle School Pilotpdf
Unit 5 Middle School Pilotpdf
Unit 6 Middle School Pilotpdf
Units 1 And 2 Webinar PowerPointpptx

National Finals

We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution National Finals Competition
Date: TBD
Location: TBD

Curriculum

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.

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WTP 4th Grade Standards Correlationspdf
WTP 5th Grade Standards Correlationspdf
WTP 7th Grade Standards Correlationspdf
WTP 8th Grade Standards Correlationspdf
WTP High School Standards Correlationspdf
WTP Middle School FCAT Skills Correlationspdf

All three levels of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution are now also aligned with the Common Core State Standards:

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Level2
Level3

Training

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 ewatson@flrea.org.

For additional information on the We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution Program, please contact Erin Watson as well (ewaston@flrea.org).

Learn More About Our Programs

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  • Florida Law Honor Society 

    The Florida Law Honor Society is a program offered by The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. to secondary schools as a way to incentivize and reward strong academic and voluntary achievements in the field of law education.

  • High School Mock Trial Competition 

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  • International Partnerships 

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  • #justadulting Mobile App 

    Through The Florida Bar’s dynamic Just Adulting mobile app, Florida’s high school seniors can be better prepared to “adult” in this exciting world of rights, responsibilities, and obligations.

  • Middle School Mock Trial Virtual Competition 

    The competition requires no travel but instead provides an avenue for middle school classes to participate in a simulated trial in the classroom or at a local courthouse.

  • Moot Court Competition 

    This two-part program offers a unique opportunity to learn about the appellate process. Students write briefs and submit for evaluation.

  • President’s Service Award 

    The President's Service Award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States.

  • Project Citizen 

    Project Citizen is a curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government.

  • US Senate Youth Program 

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