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

Ramadan

This picture book explains the Muslim holiday Ramadan by answering the 5 Ws: who, what, where, when and why.
Grade Level
K-2
David F. Marx
Topic
Subject
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Literature

Raspberries! An American Tale of Cooperation

A yellow bird holds a raspberry in her long beak. The sun shines in the background.
With only one wing, the little bird cannot fly to the raspberry patch with her brothers. As luck would have it, she meets a little dog, a chipmunk, and a frog who work together to get them all across the street to the raspberry patch.
Grade Level
K-2
Mary Newell DePalma
Topic
Social Justice Domain
Multimedia

Religious Discrimination for Learning and Development Training

In this video, Seema meets with her employer, Ms. Tate, who is happy to tell Seema about a promotion. However, Ms. Tate says that to be considered for the position, Seema must stop wearing her hijab. Seema refuses, saying her religion is important to her and that she can do the job without showing her hair.
Grade Level
Training4Ltd
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Literature

Rose Blanche

During World War II, a young German girl, Rose Blanche, inadvertently discovers a concentration camp not far from her town. She travels there frequently, taking food to the children on the other side of the barbed wire and meets a haunted fate the day she discovers the camp is gone.
Grade Level
3-5
Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Literature

Shoulders

In this poem, the speaker sees a man carrying his son across the street and is struck by the tenderness the man displays for the child. The speaker realizes that humanity must cloak itself in this same caring nature.
Grade Level
Naomi Shihab Nye
Subject
Civics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Orval Faubus Speech, September 1958

Gov. Orval E. Faubus of Arkansas delivered this speech on Sept. 18, 1958. In this speech, Faubus justifies his decision to shut down Little Rock’s public high schools for the year rather than complying with the Supreme Court’s order to continue with integration.
Grade Level
Orval Faubus
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain