Student Texts

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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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626 Texts

Informational

Statement by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the War in Vietnam, Fire, Praise for SNCC Statement on Vietnam, Murdered: Sammy Younge

The text is the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s official statement denouncing U.S. actions in Vietnam, plus a press release and a newspaper article on SNNC.
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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
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Social Studies
Civics
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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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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Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
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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Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
Informational

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom World War II and Post War (1940–1949)

This excerpt is part of a larger exhibition from the Library of Congress. This excerpt demonstrates the ways World War II and the Cold War informed President Roosevelt’s and President Truman’s decisions to pursue civil rights legislation.
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The Library of Congress
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Social Studies
Civics
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Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
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