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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559 Texts

Informational

Always Running

In this excerpt from his memoir, Rodriguez provides a stirring recollection from his adolescence: the first time he experienced racism as a result of being an immigrant in America. As he says, the experience "stays with [him] like a foul odor."
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Luis J. Rodriguez
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Paragraph 175

The German Reichstag passed the following version of Paragraph 175, which imposed harsher legal restrictions and penalties on sexual activity between men, in 1935. With this law came a dramatic increase in the number of individuals facing prosecution for homosexual activity.
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German Reichstag
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Parent Power: Raising Kate

This article details one parent's experience with a trasngender child. Although born a boy, Matthiessen's son, Ben, started talking about being a girl at the age of 4. Matthiessen discusses the obstacles and uncertainties she and her family faced as they helped Ben make the transition to Kate.
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Connie Matthiessen
Subject
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Proclamation: To the Great White Father (November, 1969)

The announcement on November 20, 1969 from 89 American Indians – mostly students from colleges and universities – that they were taking over Alcatraz Island, set in motion what would become the longest occupation of a federal facility by Native Americans to date. This report aired a year later on NBC News, in December 1970, six months before the occupation ended.
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American Indian Movement (AIM)
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Civics
History
Economics
Geography
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