7th-9th Grade
Wendy Howard

US History with We the People

The We the People Program Program


The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People print textbooks' and enhanced ebooks' interactive strategies, relevant content and the simulated congressional hearing make teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional democratic republic. The program enjoys active support from state bar associations and foundations, and other educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program.

Upper Elementary, Level 1


The We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook teaches upper elementary students about government
and active citizenship. Students explores the history and principles of American constitutional democracy through
critical-thinking, cooperative-learning and a simulated congressional hearing culminating activity.


We the People: The Citizen and Constitution Course Objectives:

During this course, students will:

· Understand the basic concepts of democratic thought

 · Analyze the formation, concepts, and components of the United States Constitution

 · Investigate the idea of federalism and explain the role of states and the national government in America’s political environment

· Explore America’s political culture and examine the traits and beliefs of the American voter.

· Identify America’s major political parties, the core beliefs, and the impact special interest groups can have on their actions

 · Understand the electoral process in the United States

· Examine the components and functions of Illinois state government

· Analyze the organization and purpose of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government · Understand the role and structure of the federal bureaucracy

· Investigate the modern media and its impact on public opinion

· Examine the concepts of civil rights and civil liberties and their impact on American society



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.

Homework: Student Homework will consist of projects or activities, which will enhance the educational experience for each student. Students will be assigned a variety of classroom assignments throughout the course of the class. These will be completed either as individual or collaborative group assignments.

Projects: During the course of the school year, students will complete a number of projects as they pertain to specific ideas and principles. This will include current events, role playing, and oral / visual presentations.

Quizzes / Exams: Quizzes may be given at any time during a specific unit of study to measure student achievement on a particular concept or idea. These will be short and graded in class. Unit exams will be given at the end of each unit. These will cover only the ideas covered from that unit

*Each student will need a copy of The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.
Amazon has them for $6.

Class supply list: Please bring paper, pen, markers, index cards

Teacher Contact Info: Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding this class. It is important to remember two things: First, I can’t help you with a problem if I don’t know about it. Second,” bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part”
wendyhoward2005@gmail.com 618.372.3021



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