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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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117 TEXTS

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

A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa

In this text, Venture Smith recounted his experiences as an enslaved person in New England, including his work to pay his enslaver for his freedom in the mid-18th century.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Venture Smith
Topic
Slavery
Religion
Ability
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action
Informational

A Painter Named Kennedy

Meet Kennedy, of Mombasa, Kenya. His wheelchair doesn’t stop him from making the world a more beautiful place.
Grade Level
3-5
Jerry McGill & Jason Raish (illustrator)
Topic
Ability
Class
Subject
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Action
Informational

A Rumbling in the Mines

This chapter details the Chinese involvement in building the transcontinental railroad and the friction it caused between them and white workers, whom Chinese workers displaced from their jobs due to their willingness to work for less and not join labor unions.
Grade Level
9-12
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Immigration
Rights & Activism
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Action
Literature

A Slave Auction

Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years before he was freed. This excerpt from his memoir of those years, Twelve Years A Slave, details a New Orleans slave auction.
Grade Level
6-8
Solomon Northup
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Subject
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Justice
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
9-12
Medgar Evers
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Rights & Activism
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action
Informational

Against the Current

Native American activists use civil disobedience and consensus-building to resolve an old dispute over natural resources.
Grade Level
9-12
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Religion
Class
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Justice
Action