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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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237 TEXTS

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 Backlash Against Arab Americans

In this essay, the author details how tension built and violence erupted—specifically against Muslim Americans—in the days following the September 11th attacks.
Grade Level
9-12
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Religion
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
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
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
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
Informational

A Rumbling in the Mines

This chapter details the Chinese involvement in building the transcontinental railroad and the friction it caused between them and white workers, whom Chinese workers displaced from their jobs due to their willingness to work for less and not join labor unions.
Grade Level
9-12
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Immigration
Rights & Activism
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Action