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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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277 TEXTS

Informational

"From the Family Bible of William White Griffin"

The list gives the names, birth mothers and dates of birth of 16 or 17 enslaved children. Included are dates of baptism for two of the children.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Unknown
Topic
Slavery
Religion
Class
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Informational

14th Amendment

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that all people born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States and of the state where they reside.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
U.S. Constitution
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Class
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice
Action
Informational

A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa

In this text, Venture Smith recounted his experiences as an enslaved person in New England, including his work to pay his enslaver for his freedom in the mid-18th century.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Venture Smith
Topic
Slavery
Religion
Ability
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action
Informational

A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw

In this text, we learn about James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, who obtained his freedom only for a creditor to threaten him with enslavement. The text describes his experience working off his debt by privateering in the Caribbean while he expressed his dream to relocate to London, England.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
Topic
Slavery
Religion
Subject
History
Geography
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
Multimedia

A Rare Person

In this clip, Hoʻonani’s peers express acceptance and respect for her and her “place in the middle”—a gender-fluid place. Hoʻonani also speaks about her own identity.
Grade Level
9-12
6-8
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Literature

A Slave Auction

Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years before he was freed. This excerpt from his memoir of those years, Twelve Years A Slave, details a New Orleans slave auction.
Grade Level
6-8
Solomon Northup
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Subject
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Justice