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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534 Texts

Informational

War with Mexico

In his editorial, Douglass argues that the Mexican War was a mechanism to expand slavery.
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Frederick Douglass
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Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Letter to Alexander H. Stephens, December 22, 1860

Lincoln’s letter to Alexander H. Stephens states his desire to prevent slavery’s spread and not threaten it where it already existed. This speaks to the centrality of slavery as a cause of the Civil War.
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Abraham Lincoln
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History
Social Justice Domain
Informational

“Cornerstone” Speech

In this speech, Alexander H. Stephens justifies the Confederacy’s secession, arguing that the “cornerstone” of the Confederacy is the maintenance of the institution of slavery and the belief in the inferiority of African Americans.
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Alexander H. Stephens
Subject
History