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

To Serve With Honor

To serve with honor
Leonard Matlovich, a U.S. Air Force sergeant, was awarded the Purple Heart for service in Vietnam, but discharged soon after telling his captain he was gay and appearing in uniform on the cover of Time magazine with the words, "I Am a Homosexual" emblazoned next to him. While he may have "settled" in his fight against the Air Force, he was a pioneer in the fight for gay and lesbian rights in the military.
Grade Level
TT Staff
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Prison Writings

Peltier
When Leonard Peltier thinks of the massacre at Wounded Knee, he hears the screams of women and children. Although the vehicle for killing has changed, Peltier explains how American Indians are still being killed off in the modern day.
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Leonard Peltier
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Literature

Still I Rise

Celebrate Maya Angelou by Alice Pettway Illustration by Jeffrey Smith | TT58 | Teaching Tolerance
Using repetition, similes and metaphors, this poem speaks of overcoming oppression—specifically slavery—with poise and pride. Despite all of the hardships, the speaker emphasizes a sense of confidence and hope.
Grade Level
Maya Angelou
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Choices

Celebrate Maya Angelou by Alice Pettway Illustration by Jeffrey Smith | TT58 | Teaching Tolerance
This essay places side by side the historical oppression of African Americans in the South and the recent surge of African Americans moving back to the South of their own free will. In her discussion, Maya Angelou questions why such choices are considered remarkable.
Grade Level
Maya Angelou
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain