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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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347 TEXTS

Informational

"From the Family Bible of William White Griffin"

The list gives the names, birth mothers and dates of birth of 16 or 17 enslaved children. Included are dates of baptism for two of the children.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Unknown
Topic
Slavery
Religion
Class
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Identity
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

1947: Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

Suzanne Bilyeu details how Jackie Robinson's gift for playing ball eventually united a team of 30 men and gave hope to hundreds of thousands of African Americans. These feats came at a great cost to Robinson physically, mentally and emotionally as he endured hate and hardships on and off the field
Grade Level
9-12
Suzanne Bilyeu
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Rights & Activism
Subject
History
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

1982: The AIDS Epidemic

In his article, physician and journalist Lawrence K. Altman describes the early cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the uncertainty that surrounded the infectious disease at its naming.
Grade Level
9-12
Lawrence K. Altman
Topic
Ability
Gender & Sexual Identity
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Justice
Action