People’s History Articles for Elementary and Middle School

We are pleased to share that the widely-used, school-based news service Newsela has adapted five of the Zinn Education Project’s people’s history texts for students reading at elementary and middle school levels.

Educators can now 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 five 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

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

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

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

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

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

The other ’68: Black power during Reconstruction

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

Black Abolitionists

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

Explaining the Red Summer of 1919

Original Article | Newsela Adapted

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

Washington Post Article | Newsela Adapted


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