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

Literature

Eat, My Fine Coat!

Three people wearing fancy clothes.
Which are you more likely to notice: a person’s character or his or her clothing? Hoca has a witty response when the latter is true at a dinner he attends after a day of hard work.
Grade Level
Barbara Walker
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Social Justice Domain
Literature

Eight Hours

I.G. Blanchard's lyrics makes the case for the 8-hours day -- one of the main goals of labor unions in the late 1800s. Laborers desired a balance to their day—one that includes "eight hours" just for themselves. And they will band together to get it.
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I.G. Blanchard
Social Justice Domain
Visual

We Can Do It!

Women Rights Rosie the Riveter
The iconic poster was designed by J. Howard Miller during World War II for Westinghouse Electric. In recent decades, the image has gained wide popularity as an emblem for feminism and various other political and social movements.
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J. Howard Miller
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History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Literature

We Live By What We See at Night

In this poem, the speaker addresses his father, recalling for him the lush Puerto Rican landscape that he grew up in. Now, this green can be seen only in his father's dreams.
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Martin Espada
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Geography
Social Justice Domain