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.”

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
Marcus Ewert
Social Justice Domain
Informational

1920: Women Get the Vote

This article examines the history of the 19th Amendment, which secured the right to vote for women. It examines women's participation at the polls since then and considers the possibility and impact of greater numbers of women in public office.
Grade Level
Sam Roberts
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

1947: Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

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Suzanne Bilyeu details how Jackie Robinson's gift for playing ball eventually united a team of 30 men and gave hope to hundreds of thousands of African Americans. These feats came at a great cost to Robinson physically, mentally and emotionally as he endured hate and hardships on and off the field
Grade Level
Suzanne Bilyeu
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

1960: Sitting Down to Take a Stand

In this article, Suzanne Bilyeu details how the sit-in by the "Greensboro Four" at Woolworth's store in North Carolina created a domino effect which led to sit-ins across the country and galvinized support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Grade Level
Suzanne Bilyeu
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

1961: The Freedom Riders

The Freedom Riders looked to invoke federal action and gain national attention as they traveled on interstate bus lines across the South seeking service at white-only waiting rooms and lunch counters.
Grade Level
Merrill Perlman
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

1982: The AIDS Epidemic

In his article, physician and journalist Lawrence K. Altman describes the early cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the uncertainty that surrounded the infectious disease at its naming.
Grade Level
Lawrence K. Altman
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
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
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain