Perspectives 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.”

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
James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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)
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
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
Felipe Morales
Social Justice Domain
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
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
Social Justice Domain
Multimedia

A Student Remembers Her School's 'Lunch Man,' Philando Castile

A Student Remembers
On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was pulled over by police near Saint Paul, Minn., after being misidentified as a robbery suspect. He was then shot and killed by an officer during the traffic stop. In this StoryCorps edition, Chad Eisen-Ramgren has a conversation with his 10-year-old daughter, who was a student at the school where Mr. Phil managed the cafeteria.
Grade Level
3-5
StoryCorps
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain