People’s History Articles for Elementary and Middle School

The widely-used, school-based news service Newsela has adapted the Zinn Education Project’s people’s history texts, listed below, for elementary and middle school reading levels.

Educators can access — for free — these select articles at the original high school level plus four reading levels, ranging from 3rd to 9th grade.

Scroll down to find the adapted articles and their original forms, plus an adapted Washington Post column by Courtland Milloy that features our materials and their impact.

 

Columbus discovered the Taíno people, then tried to erase them

Life in an internment camp drove Yuri Kochiyama’s commitment to social justice

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

What we don’t learn about the Black Panther Party — but should

The other ’68: Black power during Reconstruction

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

Black Abolitionists

Explaining the Red Summer of 1919

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

“Education project aims to set the record straight on historical myths”

Students of Pacific Islander Club use poetry to address climate justice

Washington Post Article | Newsela Adapted

Newsela Adapted

 

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