We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

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 this program so successful is the design of its instructional program, including its innovative culminating activity.

Classroom Curriculum

The foundation of the program is the classroom curriculum. It complements the regular school curriculum by providing upper elementary, middle, and high school students with an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of constitutional democracy in the United States. The textbooks are designed for a wide range of student abilities and may be used as a supplemental text or for a full semester of study. Critical-thinking exercises, problem-solving activities, and cooperative-learning techniques help develop intellectual and participatory skills while increasing students' understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. After studying the textbook, students take a multiple-choice test and prepare for the simulated congressional hearing which is the culminating activity for the program. The entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepares and presents statements before a panel of community representatives who act as congressional committee members.

Competition

On January 9, 2017, the high school state mock congressional hearings were held at the Utah State Capitol.  Sky View High School's class won the competition, with Mountain Crest High School placing second.  More than 1,200 high school students and their teachers, including Sky View and Mountain Crest students and teachers, participated in the We the People national finals in Washington D.C. at the end of April.  On February 8, 2017, junior high school state mock congressional hearings were held at the Utah State Bar Law and Justice Center.  Pleasant Grove Junior High School was the winner, with Oak Canyon Junior High School placing second.

The 2018 State High School We the People Competition will be held on February 1 at the University of Utah.  The 2018 Junior High School We the People Competition will be held on February 8 at the Utah State Bar Law and Justice Center.  Junior High Students will prepare for question one in each of the units.

Community members serving as judges for the High School and Junior High School State Competitions may view videos of the judging process at  http://new.civiced.org/wtp-the-program/hearings/judges-resources.

Testimonials

High School WTP Testimonial--Whitney
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt-YVp5ZNVo>

High School WTP Testimonial--Chelsea
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAaViTFYkJ4>

Contacts

  • State Coordinator: Dawn Harvey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Congressional District Coordinators:
     
    Andrea Thompson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Laurie Wirz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Bill Spence, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    William (Bus) Gillespie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teacher Training Videos

     HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING VIDEO:
         High School Training Part 1
         High School Training Part 2

    JR HIGH TRAINING VIDEO:
          Jr High Training Video

Textbooks

Five Classroom sets of the We the People. . . the Citizen and the Constitution will be awarded to teachers in each Congressional District wishing to participate this year.  Teachers should contact their Congressional District Coordinator listed above.  Classroom sets also may be purchased from the Center for Civic Education.  Its web site is www.civiced.org
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