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

Eleanor Roosevelt Resigns from the DAR

Eleanor
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit organization known for its lineage-based membership. Members of the DAR must be able to trace their genealogy back to an individual connected to American Independence. In this letter, Eleanor Roosevelt responds to the DAR’s refusal in February 1939 to allow the black performer Marian Anderson to sing at their auditorium, Constitution Hall.
Grade Level
Eleanor Roosevelt
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Experiment in Fairness

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Bayard Rustin was an African American leader who worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) in the 1940s and 1950s for equal rights for all Americans using nonviolence. In this story, he writes about the struggle for an African American man to order a simple hamburger at a restaurant in the Midwest.
Grade Level
6-8
Bayard Rustin
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Choices

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
Literature

Caged Bird

Through an extended metaphor, Maya Angelou—who has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States—uses a caged bird and a free bird to juxtapose the oppressed and the free.
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Maya Angelou
Social Justice Domain