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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Social Justice Domain
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553 Texts

Informational

Ela Bhatt

Ela Bhatt was a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development. In addition to establishing the Self-Employed Women’s Association in India, Bhatt also founded India’s first women’s bank, Cooperative Bank of SEWA, and served as a member of the Parliament of India from 1986 to1989.
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Graça Machel

Graça Machel dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of children—especially those who have fallen victim to war—all over the world.
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi, a principled political activist, seeks “genuine change and peace for both Palestinians and Israelis.”
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Madres de Plaza de Mayo

Every Thursday, the Madres march around the plaza while wearing white head scarves to bring attention to the children of Argentina that have been taken and never returned.
Grade Level
6-8
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Informational

Maj Britt Theorin

“Maj Britt devoted her life to solving some of the most critical and intractable problems in the world today: peace, women’s rights and especially, nuclear disarmament.”
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Mary Robinson

“Mary Robinson, lawyer, human rights activist and feminist, redefined the scope of two important positions. Robinson was elected the first woman president of Ireland in 1990, serving until 1997. She took up the post of United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.”
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
Civics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Shulamit Aloni

Aloni has spent her life challenging what she views as the “retreat from the secular liberal ideals envisioned by Israel’s founders.” As a teacher, lawyer, member of parliament, as well as resistance movements, and lecturer, she has become one of Israel’s best-known champions of human and civil rights.
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Si Se Puede

“In response to legislation that would have criminalized immigrants, thousands of high school students from across the country walked out of their classrooms and into history.”
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

This Land is Ours

“The Ponca’s challenge of the U.S. government marked a turning point on the long path of Indian resistance. Increasingly, after Standing Bear v. Cook, the fight for Native rights would shift from the battlefields to the courtrooms of the growing nation.”
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain