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. 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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4 Texts

Informational

Facing the School Dropout Dilemma: The interaction of sexual orientation with school dropout rates

The American Psychological Association (APA) published “Facing the School Dropout Dilemma: The interaction of sexual orientation with school dropout rates” on its website in 2012. The APA is widely regarded as the most prominent professional organization for psychologists in the United States.
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American Psychological Association
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Social Justice Domain
Informational

Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is

In her nonfiction book, Abigail Garner demystifies the coming out process for LGBT parents and children using their voices and experiences. This excerpt focuses on the impact of coming out in the school environment with teachers, peers, and other parents.
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Abigail Garner
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Social Justice Domain
Informational

Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered this speech at the United Nations International Human Rights Day on December 6, 2011. The day commemorates the UN's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Multimedia

Shifting Gender, Securing Acceptance

“Nineteen-year-old Israel Moncado spent his childhood being shuffled from one foster care setting to the next. After years of untreated gender dysphoria, and the bouts of self-harm and social isolation that often result from stigma, Israel visits his first LGBT center and discovers he’s not alone. When he finds a safe space in a transgender community, Israel begins to embrace his identity.”
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Grade Level
3-5
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
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