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Texts

Our searchable library of short texts offers a diverse mix of stories and perspectives. This multi-genre, multi-media collection aligns with the Common Core's recommendations for text complexity and the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. Choose from informational and literary nonfiction texts, literature, photographs, political cartoons, interviews, infographics and more.

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56 TEXTS

Literature

10,000 Dresses

Every night Bailey dreams about dresses, but each day his mother, father, and brother remind him that he is a boy and dresses aren't for him. Finally, he finds a friend who embraces both his love for dresses and the individual he feels he is inside.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Marcus Ewert
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Justice
Literature

About Feeling Jewish

Kate wants to feel Jewish and goes to her friend, Emily, for help. Emily's suggestion to read some Jewish books seems to do the trick—for both of them.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
6-8
Jean Little
Topic
Religion
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Literature

An Unlikely Friendship

This story tells the tale of how Sarah and Natalie became friends. Sarah, both new to class and in a wheelchair, sits at the desk next to Natalie. At first, Natalie has some trouble getting over Sarah’s appearance and limitations, but with some help from her teacher and Sarah’s aide, she discovers a great, new friend waiting for her.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Sue Carloni
Topic
Ability
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Literature

Antonio's Card/La tarjeta de Antonio

In this story, Antonio learns that words have power, and that can be both a good and bad thing. As Mother’s Day approaches he must decide how to show his love for his mother and her partner and whether he wants that declaration to be public.
Grade Level
K-2
Rigoberto González and Cecilia Concepción Álvarez
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Gender & Sexual Identity
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Action
Informational

Brothers In Hope: The Story of The Lost Boys of Sudan

In this excerpt, Garang tells his story of how he became a lost boy when war destroyed his village. Walking with thousands of other orphaned boys, Garang travels thousands of dangerous miles from southern Sudan to a refugee camp in Ethiopia.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Mary Williams and R. Gregory Christie (illustrator)
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Literature

Chicken Soup: A Russian Tale of Giving

Chicken. Russia. Tapestry. Family.
As the tsar sets out across the countryside in disguise, he meets two very different families and learns of the differing people (and their motives) living in his land.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Irina Starovoytova
Topic
Class
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice
Action
Informational

Connected to Everything: A story from the Bitterroot Salish

37 Connected to Everything
“Connected to Everything” is a story written by Jennifer Greene and published in the Fall 2009 issue of Teaching Tolerance. This story is adapted from a traditional tale of the Bitterroot Salish, a Native American tribe in Montana.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Jennifer Greene
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Justice
Literature

Crocodile and Ghost Bat Have a Hullabaloo: An Australian Tale of Name-Calling

Angry animals at a table.
Although carefully planned at twilight so all animals can attend, things go terribly wrong during this walkabout. The group creates such a terrible hullabaloo that Namarrkun, the lightning man, is forced to show his strength.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Jeff Sapp
Topic
Bullying & Bias
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice