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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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221 TEXTS

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
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

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
9-12
Sam Roberts
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action
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
9-12
Suzanne Bilyeu
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action
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
9-12
Merrill Perlman
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action
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
Topic
Ability
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action
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 Tale of Two Schools

On April 14, 1947, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the lower court decision in Mendez v. Westminster, which required the school to integrate and set the stage for Brown v. Board of Education.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Teaching Tolerance
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Class
Immigration
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Action