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

Peace Begins With You

Katherine Scholes begins this informative piece by describing the multi-facted nature of the word "peace" and what it can mean to different people at different times. Then she provides concrete ways that each of us can be a peacemaker.
Grade Level
Katherine Scholes
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Literature

The Breadwinner

After spending months talking to women in Afghan refugee camps, Deborah Ellis penned this timely novel about life under Taliban rule. Living in Afghanistan with her family, Parvana is a rarity—a girl who can read and experiences life, even for just a few hours, outside the four walls of her home.
Grade Level
Deborah Ellis
Subject
Civics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

The burden of being a young American Muslim

Hailey Woldt describes being a part of a research team that traveled to 75 cities and visited 100 mosques as part of a study on Muslims living in a post-9/11 America. In Brooklyn, a ten-year-old boy tells of being beaten, prevented from practicing his religion in peace and called a terroist.
Grade Level
6-8
Hailey Woldt
Subject
Civics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Multimedia

The Convert

This radio segment looks at a workshop, led by law professor Ramzi Kassem, offering guidance to Muslims on how to respond in the event that they find themselves under surveillance in terrorism investigations.
Grade Level
Chicago Public Media
Subject
Civics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Indian Occupation of Alcatraz

The announcement on November 20, 1969 from 89 American Indians – mostly students from colleges and universities – that they were taking over Alcatraz Island, set in motion what would become the longest occupation of a federal facility by Native Americans to date. This report aired a year later on NBC News, in December 1970, six months before the occupation ended.
Grade Level
6-8
Frank Bourholtzer
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain