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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576 Texts

Literature

I, Too

L. Hughes
Langston Hughes, a voice of the Harlem Renaissance, writes of a black man banished to the kitchen when company arrives. This same man looks to the future, for a day when he will sit at the table to eat with company, because he, too, is an American.
Grade Level
6-8
Langston Hughes
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

I Have a Dream

Dr. King Dream
King's "I Have A Dream" speech centered on freedom and the pursuit of justice. Other great moments in the United States' history have promised freedom—the signing of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation—and King's speech urged African Americans to rise up and cash in these promissory notes in a nonviolent manner.
Grade Level
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

President Obama's Address on the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Obama Selma
Obama's 2015 speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge honors the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when hundreds of voting-rights activists were brutally attacked by state troopers as they began a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. President Obama reminds us of the spirit and struggle associated with the marchers in Selma, or any group of people meeting injustice.
Grade Level
Barack Obama
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain