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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.

“The leveled texts have really helped me engage students and introduce them to complex topics in a way they can understand.”

236 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
Multimedia

"It's Time to Pick Up Where Dr. King Left Off"

Michael Dunn, a white male, shot and killed Jordan Davis, an unarmed African-American male, while Davis was in a parked vehicle at a gas station. This segment from 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets profiles various perspectives regarding the role that race played in the killing.
Grade Level
9-12
Marc Silver
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Justice
Action
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 Law for Regulating Negroes and Slaves in the Night Time

A New York City law from 1731 details the punishments for the enslaved and free black people who are in the streets after dark.
Grade Level
9-12
Will. Sharpas and Council
Topic
Slavery
Race & Ethnicity
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Justice
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
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