We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Welcome to the companion website for the new, 2009 edition of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Level 3 student text.

The We the People curriculum enhances students' understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and helps them to identify the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Critical thinking exercises, problem-solving activities, and cooperative learning techniques help develop the participatory skills necessary for students to become active, responsible citizens.

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 hearings, whether competitive or noncompetitive, provide the classroom teacher with an excellent means of motivating students and assessing their performance.

This website was designed to give students and teachers the ability to electronically access important portions of the We the People student text, such as the Unit and Lesson Purposes and the Terms and Concepts to Understand, and to provide links to primary sources, Supreme Court cases, multimedia, and helpful websites related to the content of the student and teacher's editions.

Here is a guide to what you will find in the We the People companion website:

Menu: Clicking on "Menu" in the middle lefthand portion of the page or clicking "Home" in the upper lefthand corner of the page returns you to the homepage for the companion website. From here you can click on any unit or lesson page.

Contents: Clicking on this loads a clickable table of contents for the text, which is also downloadable and printable.

Overview: The Overview section provides a description of the We the People student text, adapted from page xiv of the Introduction to the book.

Preface: This is the entire preface of the We the People student text, from pages xi and xii of the book.

Introduction: Students and teachers are encouraged to begin their study of the Constitution by completing this section, which was adapted from pages xiv-xviii of the We the People student text.

Reference: The Reference section is composed of the Bibliography, Court Cases, Biographies, Primary Sources, Links, Media, and Glossary sections. Clicking on any of these sections loads the full list of all the resources contained in that section. These resources are sortable alphabetically and by unit, and in most cases by lesson.

Units: Clicking on any unit number loads the Unit Purpose and the image that appears in the book for the unit opener. Clicking on any section while in the unit menu loads all the resources for that attribute related to the unit. For example, clicking on "Terms" while in the unit menu loads all the terms for the unit.

Lessons: Clicking on any lesson number loads the Lesson Purpose and the image that appears in the book for the lesson opener. Clicking on any section while in the lesson menu loads all the resources for that attribute related to the lesson. For example, clicking on "Terms" while in the lesson menu loads all the terms for the lesson.

Purpose: The Purpose section corresponds exactly to Lesson and Unit Purposes in the We the People student text. Lesson and Unit Purposes can be printed, downloaded, or listened to as MP3 files.

Terms: The Terms section corresponds exactly to the Terms and Concepts to Understand section of the We the People student text, but also contains each term's definition. Terms and their definitions can be printed, downloaded, or listened to as MP3 files.

Biographies: Brief biographies of the Founders and Framers are provided in this section.

Court Cases: This section provides links to Supreme Court cases mentioned in the We the People student and teacher's editions.

Primary Sources: This section provides links to the complete text of primary sources mentioned in the We the People student and teacher's editions. These range from the text of the Constitution to the complete works of Montesquieu.

Bibliography: This section provides an annotated bibliography for each unit of the We the People text.

Links: This section provides links to specially selected websites that illuminate concepts discussed in the student text.

Media: This section provides links to videos, podcasts, and other multimedia that illuminate concepts discussed in the student text.

Feel free to explore the We the People companion website and discover what it has to offer. We hope you will find the site helpful as you work toward a greater understanding of our nation's Constitution.



Image: Howard Chandler Christy, Signing of the Constitution, Architect of the Capitol, House wing, east stairway
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