Student Texts

Our searchable library of short texts offers a diverse mix of stories and perspectives. This multigenre, multimedia 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.”

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534 Texts

Informational

The Missouri Compromise (1820)

This is the text of the 1820 Missouri Compromise. It shows how lawmakers tried to balance power between slave and free states when admitting Maine and Missouri into the Union.
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Congressional Legislators of the Sixteenth Congress
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History
Geography
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Multimedia

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1909)

The lyrics to the classic song “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” with a link to a 1909 recording of the song by the Fisk University Jubilee Quartet.
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The Fisk University Jubilee Quartet (King, Myers, Ryder and Work)
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History