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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 Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards.

Choose from informational and literary nonfiction texts, literature, photographs, political cartoons, interviews, infographics and more. You can also filter by text type, grade level, subject and topic.

“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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Informational

Northwest Community Organization pamphlet, 12th Street Detroit

In response to the 1967 Detroit Race Riots (which took place during the “Long, hot summer of 1967”) the Northwest Community Organization worked to address some of the underlying issues that persisted in urban areas, like residential segregation.
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Northwest Community Organization
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Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
Informational

The Combahee River Collective Statement (1977)

A Black radical feminist organization of the 1970s, the Combahee River Collective outline their political ideology in their organization’s statement. They argue that race, gender and class oppression intersect to form new levels of inequalities experienced by Black women.
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The Combahee River Collective
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Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
Informational

A letter written from Jo Ann Robinson to Mayor W.A. Gayle of Montgomery, Alabama, dated May 21, 1954

WPC President Jo Ann Robinson wrote to the mayor of Montgomery asking for fair treatment of Black people on public transportation.
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Women’s Political Council (WPC) President Jo Ann Robinson
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Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
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