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 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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581 Texts

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Cabin from Point of Pines Plantation in Charleston County, South Carolina

This cabin served as housing for enslaved persons in South Carolina. Despite some changes since emancipation, the house provides insight into the living conditions of enslaved persons on large southern plantations.
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 14, 2017
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Broadside for a Reward for Enslaved People Who Escaped

The poster describes each of the four formerly enslaved persons—two male and two female. It also lays out the grounds for the reward, offering $1000 for the capture of all four as well as smaller rewards for the capture of any of the four formerly enslaved persons individually.
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Unidentified
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 14, 2017
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Nameplate of The Liberator

The nameplate includes three distinct pictures—left, center and right—and a banner in addition to the title of the newspaper. The pictures emphasize the humanity of enslaved persons and the injustice of slavery yet the hope for emancipation. The nameplate relies on Christian themes to encourage the abolition of slavery.
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 14, 2017
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Teaching Tolerance collage of images

Welcome to Learning for Justice—Formerly Teaching Tolerance!

Our work has evolved in the last 30 years, from reducing prejudice to tackling systemic injustice. So we’ve chosen a new name that better reflects that evolution: Learning for Justice.

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