We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. We the People makes learning about the Constitution and American government exciting for both students and teachers.

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Curriculum
We the People provides upper elementary, middle, and high school students with a course of instruction on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and American government.

Critical thinking exercises, problem-solving activities and cooperative-learning opportunities help develop intellectual and participatory skills while increasing students’ understanding of government institutions. The We the People program's culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students testify before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. 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’s resources foster the attitudes that students need to participate in democracy as effective, responsible citizens. Resources include:

  • Textbooks
  • Multimedia ebooks
  • Online resource center
  • Supplemental lesson plans
  • Daily podcast and quiz

Professional Development
To continue the intellectual growth of educators, We the People and the Center for Civic Education offers state-organized workshops, seminars, and institutes for teachers, as well as the National Academy for Civics and Government.


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