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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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108 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
Informational

A Girl and a Word

Laura Linn's article explores how Rosa Marcellino, a nine-year old with Down syndrome, and her family worked to eliminate the phrase "mentally retarded" from official use. "Rosa's Law" is living, legislative proof that their hard work paid off.
Grade Level
3-5
Laura Linn
Topic
Ability
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action
Informational

A Painter Named Kennedy

Meet Kennedy, of Mombasa, Kenya. His wheelchair doesn’t stop him from making the world a more beautiful place.
Grade Level
3-5
Jerry McGill & Jason Raish (illustrator)
Topic
Ability
Class
Subject
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Action
Literature

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

Mari and her family have been sent to an internment camp in Utah. She does not understand what they have done to deserve their internment and longs for her backyard in California where she used to grow sunflowers.
Grade Level
3-5
Amy Lee-Tai and Felicia Hoshino (illustrator)
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Action
Multimedia

A Priceless Lesson in Humility

Felipe Morales' telling account of an encounter with a blind woman on the streets of Washington, D.C. was recorded for This I Believe. The NPR project features brief personal essays in which people from diverse backgrounds discuss how their values affect their daily lives.
Grade Level
3-5
6-8
Felipe Morales
Topic
Ability
Class
Immigration
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Literature

A War on the Peaceful

This story, illustrated by Don Kilpatrick, describes a group of people who immigrated from Germany to the United States in order to seek religious asylum and practice their way of life in peace, but were met by continued persecution, which only escalated when World War I broke out.
Grade Level
3-5
Story Corner
Topic
Religion
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice
Action
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