Programs

We The People

We The People:

The Citizen and the Constitution

 

we-the-peopleThe Michigan Center for Civic Education has directed the We the People...the Citizen and the Constitution program in Michigan since the program began in 1987 as a special program to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Developed by the Center for Civic Education, the primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's upper elementary and secondary students.

We the People engages students in a curriculum designed to foster understanding of the institutions of American democracy, including the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of volunteer attorneys, educators, and civic leaders. A prepared response and a conversation between students and their panel of judges highlights the best of both student-centered pedagogy and Constitutional scholarship.

We the People State Finals

During the State Finals, students have opportunities to address panels and testify on critical Constitutional questions of the day. Judges then engage our young Constitutional scholars in dialogue on the content, history, and current applications of the Constitution.  

The 2018 Michigan We the People State Finals will be held Friday, January 12 at the Michigan Capitol Complex in Lansing.

School Registration

Schools: Sign Up to Compete or Showcase this January!

Fill Out Registration Form here:

http://bit.ly/WTPMIStateFinals2018

 

Information:

For Rules for the High School Competition, click here.

Class Roster for 2017-2018 We the People State Competition, click here.  

Please see the list of this year’s State Hearing Questions here.

For additional information on scoring, judge instructions, and hearing examples, visit the Center for Civic Education at: http://www.civiced.org/wtp-the-program/hearings/high-school.

MCCE also thanks the offices of Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood for their assistance in getting needed rooms at the Capitol, Farnum and Boji, and special thanks to the Michigan Senate and House.

 

Volunteers

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is recruiting judges and additional volunteers for the 2018 Michigan We the People State Finals. We hope you can join us!  

 

The State Finals will be held Friday, January 12 at the Michigan Capitol Complex (Capitol, Farnum, Boji) in Lansing. The day will begin with a judge orientation at 9:00 a.m. and run until approximately 3:00 p.m.

 

The competition is in the format of a simulated congressional hearing.  High School classes present testimony and answer questions about historical, political, and constitutional issues.  Judges evaluate student testimonies and probe their knowledge and understanding during a question and answer period.   You can get a quick overview of the program at http://new.civiced.org/wtp-the-program/hearings/judges-resources. For additional information on scoring, judge instructions, and hearing examples, visit the Center for Civic Education at: http://www.civiced.org/wtp-the-program/hearings/high-school.

If you are available to judge or otherwise volunteer, please complete the link below (http://bit.ly/WTPVolunteer2018) or send us an email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Volunteer Here:

http://bit.ly/WTPVolunteer2018

 

 

 Opportunities for Teacher Learning

MCCE often provides week long summer institutes where teachers undergo rigorous training in Constitutional scholarship plus the instructional support for implementing We the People in the classroom. Please check back soon for information of this summer’s institute.  

We the People as Classroom Instruction: Non-Competitive Simulated Hearings  

MCCE encourages elementary and secondary teachers to conduct simulated hearings at the classroom, school and community level. Participating teachers tell us that participating in the We the People Simulated Hearing provides students with a rigorous, active learning experience highlighting the best of student-centered learning.

Watch an elementary hearing video >

Watch a high school hearing video >

Textbook and EBook Resources

The Center for Civic Education has launched a partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to distribute ebook editions of We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution.  The We the People enhanced ebook features hundreds of videos, photos, fundamental documents and interactive exercises that give students a rich, multimedia environment for learning about the Constitution and the contemporary issues that impact today’s learners. Each lesson also includes a built-in optional teacher/guide and audio narration.  For more information about the e-book or to find out how to order, click here

We the People Elementary

we-the-people elementary

The third edition of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution for upper elementary students explores the history and principles of constitutional democracy in the United States. The text features a new section on the Electoral College, updated material on when it is fair and reasonable to limit free speech, and new and updated four-color graphics. The teacher's edition includes culminating performance assessment materials and a bibliography of children's literature.

View sample lessons >

View the table of contents >

 

WTP Elementary Correlation to Michigan Content Expectations (PDF, 78 KB)

We the People Middle School

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We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution for middle grades is composed of 6 units and 29 lessons that use critical-thinking exercises, cooperative-learning practices and a culminating authentic performance assessment to teach the history and principles of constitutional democracy.

View sample lessons >

We the People High School

we-the-people high-school

The We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school textbook consists of 6 units with 39 lessons addressing principles of constitutional democracy and a culminating authentic performance assessment. Each set includes 30 student books and a teacher's edition that provides materials to enrich classroom learning. The We the People textbook is supported by a Resource Center.

WTP High School Correlation to Michigan Content Expectations (PDF, 3 MB)

Purchase information >

We the People is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies. There are separate correlations for the textbook and mobile editions (© 2009) and the enhanced ebook (© 2014). The textbook and mobile edition correlations were performed by the Maryland Department of Education; the enhanced ebook correlations were performed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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