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.

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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

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

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 War on the Peaceful

This story, illustrated by Don Kilpatrick, describes a group of people who immigrated from Germany to the United States in order to seek religious asylum and practice their way of life in peace, but were met by continued persecution, which only escalated when World War I broke out.
Grade Level
3-5
Story Corner
Topic
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain