WTE sixth-grade students participate in showcase

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TELL CITY – A class of William Tell Elementary School sixth-graders recently received a high marking from the “We the People” program.

“We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution” is a program designed to educate young people about the history and principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The curriculum was developed by the Center for Civic Education. The program is designed to commemorate the framing and adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and revitalize educational programs on the Constitution and civic education in the nation’s schools. Indiana’s program is administered by the Indiana Bar Foundation through partnership with other civic organizations.
After completing a semester-long course using “We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution” textbooks, Kevin Rhodes’ sixth -grade class at William Tell Elementary School participated in mock congressional hearings. Each student of the class becomes an expert witness on one of the five units in the text and then testifies in small groups before a panel of judges acting as U. S. congressional representatives.
During the simulated congressional hearing, students were judged on six criteria: understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness and participation.
The presentation of awards was by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa. William Tell Elementary was given a ranking of excellence.