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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

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 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
Informational

Address at Mass Protest Meeting

Medgar Evers was Mississippi’s first NAACP field secretary and a prominent figure in the civil rights movement. His assassination on June 12, 1963, was heavily reported in the media and widely mourned. Evers delivered this speech at a protest meeting on April 20, 1961.
Grade Level
Medgar Evers
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

An Act for Prohibiting the Importation of Negroes, June 1774

With this text, the colony of Rhode Island outlawed the importation of enslaved Africans and established the immediate emancipation of enslaved people in the colony in 1774. However, the law stipulated some important exceptions that made this change particularly ineffective.
Grade Level
Colony of Rhode Island
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain