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

Civil Rights March in Selma

This news segment from 2000 recalls the march that took place in Selma, Ala. on March 7, 1965. This day, known as Bloody Sunday, was marked by violent attacks by state and local police upon protesters as they reached the end of Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Grade Level
NBC Learn
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Community in Action

In this radio segment, Studs Terkel remembers the first time he saw a community in action accomplish something. This moment shaped his belief that the individual is strengthened by joining a group and we make progress as a society when we join together.
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Studs Terkel
Subject
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Visual

Crazy Versus Eccentric

The cartoon features  a poor man and a rich man. The caption reads, "When you're poor your 'crazy.' When you're rich, you're 'eccentric.'"
In this ironic cartoon, the same man is depicted twice—once with tattered clothing and unkept body hair as a poor man and a second time in a suit with a clean-cut image as a rich man. As a poor man, he's regarded as crazy, but as a rich man, he's eccentric.
Grade Level
Andy Singer
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Social Justice Domain