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.

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534 Texts

Informational

A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw

In this text, we learn about James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, who obtained his freedom only for a creditor to threaten him with enslavement. The text describes his experience working off his debt by privateering in the Caribbean while he expressed his dream to relocate to London, England.
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James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
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History
Geography
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.
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Colony of Rhode Island
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Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

An Abolition Traitor

A Democratic laborer comments on the problem of abolitionism in the North as well as the South, claiming that the emancipation of enslaved people will result in the damaging of white labor rights and opportunities.
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Democratic Workingman (Anonymous)
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History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Who is Responsible for the War?

In this speech, Alexander H. Stephens appeals to his fellow Southerners to vote against secession by highlighting what the consequences of secession might be.
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Alexander H. Stephens
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Civics
History
Geography
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