Updated We the People High School Textbook Enriches Study of the Constitution

Sep 09, 2015 / We the People
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Just in time for the new school year, the Center has released an updated fourth edition of its flagship high school civics and government textbook, We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution.

“We’ve brought We the People up to date with the latest Supreme Court cases, including Shelby County v. Holder, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and this summer’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges,” said Robert S. Leming, national director of the We the People Programs. “We’ve also expanded our in-depth explanation of when and how government can limit freedom of expression.”

The fourth edition features updated text, images, and exercises, as well as explorations of public policy issues involving the Constitution, such as health care, same-sex marriage, and undocumented migrants.

The Center also updated the We the People enhanced ebook to reflect the major changes in the fourth paper edition. Subscriptions to the ebook have skyrocketed this year, with many teachers using both the paper edition and the enhanced ebook in their classrooms. Others use the ebook to implement flipped instruction and other blended-learning techniques. The ebook has proven to be particularly popular with homeschool teachers and programs who value the ability of one teacher to remotely view the progress of multiple students.

The updated teacher’s guide includes a step-by-step walk-through of each section of the text. This provides educators with a wealth of suggestions for teaching the material. The teacher’s guide also contains an “Additional Reference Information for the Teacher” section that provides an more insight about the topics explored in the lesson.

The Center is currently updating the We the People Resource Center to a mobile-friendly design as an increasing number of students and teachers access our materials on their smartphones and tablets. The We the People Resource Center contains Lesson Purposes, Lesson Objectives, and Terms to Understand with audio definitions, as well as biographies, court cases, and links to primary sources, among other features.

This fall the Center will offer an audio edition of the We the People fourth edition, giving your students another way to access the material.

To learn more about the new We the People fourth edition, visit the book’s catalog page or view the table of contents (pdf).

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