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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.

“The leveled texts have really helped me engage students and introduce them to complex topics in a way they can understand.”

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
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