Common Core.JPGAs you know, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) place significant emphasis on the incorporation of informational texts into the curriculum. These texts might include freshly published articles and essays, foundational U.S. documents, and historic speeches. We hope the following resources will help take the guesswork out of finding these resources and save you some time along the way.
First, if you wish to search for specific materials, consider using our academic databases. If you wish to browse for resources, consider the following sites.
This list is far from comprehensive, but we tried to ensure that each publication listed below has at least some free long-form content available. Remember that some publications will eventually restrict access to their articles and essays behind a paywall. We might be able to find them via the TEL databases, but to avoid possible loss of access, please consider "clipping" the article with a tool like Evernote or Instapaper.
We also have a wealth of links to more primary sources available on this wiki, too.
Last, we have linked the Text Complexity Grade Bands and Lexile Bands to help you get started using appropriate CCSS-related Lexile levels. If you need help analyzing the text by Lexile level (or with other readability tools), consider downloading this set of instructions.
Curated Content
Foundational Documents
Literary Magazines
Publication Directories
Current Affairs, Culture, and Politics
Science & Technology


American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches
A nicely organized resource containing links to audio files (in mp3 format) and full-text transcriptions (in PDF or Flash). Includes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s
I Have a Dream speech, JFK’s Inaugural Address, FDR’s Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation, and more.
American Rhetoric's Speech Bank
A massive collection of speeches archived alphabetically by the author’s first name. Includes full-text versions of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” speech (a.k.a. the “Speech to the Second Virginia Convention”), Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and his Gettysburg Address, and more.
The History Place: Great Speeches Collection
A small collection of notable speeches from world history in HTML format. Includes important speeches by Churchill, JFK, Susan B. Anthony, and more. No audio.
History Channel’s Famous Speeches & Audio
A fair collection of 20th century American speeches. No full-text options. Only audio.

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Foundational Documents

The National Archives: Charters of Freedom Exhibit
The National Archives hosts this online exhibit featuring high-resolution .jpg images of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. Printer-friendly, full-text transcripts are also available.
The Bill of Rights: Web Guide
This web guide provides several primary and secondary sources you might use in a lesson or research project about the Bill of Rights. From the Library of Congress.
The Constitution: Web Guide
Another great web guide from the Library of Congress.
The Declaration of Independence: Web Guide
Another great web guide from the Library of Congress.

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Publication Directories
These are discovery tools. Use them to browse hundreds of potential resources.
Online Directory of Magazines
Thousands of links to magazines from around the world, organized categorically.
Online Directory of Newspapers
Thousands of links to world newspapers at your fingertips.
ipl2 Newspapers and Magazines Directory
A directory maintained by the iSchool at Drexel University.
Every Writer's Resource: Literary Magazines List
Intended as a resource for writers looking to publish, Every Writer’s Resource hosts large lists of trade magazines and literary magazines to browse.

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Curated Content
These sites feature "best-of" collections of essays, articles, opinion pieces, and more culled from several resources.
Newsela is an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news.
First, you must register for a free account to access Izzit's resources. Izzit is known for their videos, but they are also curating daily informational texts lesson plans. Each lesson includes a news article and discussion questions designed to promote critical thinking, challenge assumptions, and stimulate class discussion. In an attempt to offer variety, the two daily articles often are of different lengths and reading levels and occasionally offer different perspectives on an issue or event.

Note: Each new lesson remains on the website for one week.
Kelly Gallagher's Article of the Week
Educator Kelly Gallagher assigns his high school students an "article of the week" to help them build prior knowledge. They will read 35-40 articles each school year. Gallagher shares these articles, in a print-friendly format, with accompanying assignment instructions and questions. Be sure to check out his archive for last year's readings as well.
A mix of new and older non-fiction articles, curated from across the web. The site selects articles from a wide range of publications including The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
Long Reads
Well-categorized. You can navigate two main categories: "Our Picks" and "Community Picks" to find engaging content. Or consider browsing their more defined categories in areas like technology, education, and science.
The Feature
Formerly called Give Me Something to Read, this site delivers great feature-length content from many sources including the Chicago Reader, GQ, and the London Review of Books among others. Be sure to check out the editor's current picks as well as best picks from previous years.
"The Best Magazine Articles Ever"
An older collection of magazine articles -- and a few dead links. However, you will find live links to articles by David Foster Wallace, Michael Lewis, Edward Jay Epstein, and more. Are you interested in one of the featured articles but only found a dead link? Consider searching the TEL databases for the article.

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Literary Magazines

The Atlantic
Focuses on contemporary social and cultural issues including politics, business, technology, global issues, and more.
Boston Review
Boston Review is a magazine of ideas, independent and nonprofit. We cover lots of ground -- politics, poetry, film, fiction, book reviews, and criticism.
Columbia Journal
Annual literary journal that features the very best in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art.
A biweekly online site that publishes art and photography, fiction, and poetry from around the world, along with nonfiction such as letters from abroad, investigative pieces and opinion pieces on international affairs and U.S. domestic policy. The site also publishes interviews and profiles of artists, writers, musicians and political figures.
Harper’s Magazine
The second-oldest continuously published American magazine, Harper’s covers literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts.
The London Review of Books
The online site provides limited free coverage. The LRB is a venerable source for essays and criticism, however, so we included it here.
The New Yorker
A leading magazine of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry.
The Virginia Quarterly Review
Includes poetry, fiction, book reviews, essays, photography, and comics from some of the nation's most notable writers, photographers and artists.

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Current Affairs, Culture, and Politics

The American Conservative
Pat Buchanan’s bi-monthly journal of traditional conservatism.
The Christian Science Monitor
An international news organization that delivers global coverage.
Columbia Magazine
Founded in 1975 and is published quarterly by the University’s Office of Alumni and Development.
Harvard Magazine
The independent source for Harvard news since 1898.
Mother Jones
Left wing magazine of investigative journalism.
The Nation
News analysis from the left.
Newsweek and the Daily Beast
A combination of news, culture and ideas. It is only available online now.
National Public Radio (NPR)
U.S. and world news, opinions, political coverage, the arts, and more.
The New York Times: Room for Debate
In Room for Debate, The Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues. Reader comments are moderated Monday through Friday. You might consider this site to allow students to study multiple perspectives about a single issue.
Salon is an award-winning online news and entertainment Web site combining original investigative stories, breaking news, provocative personal essays and more.
An online magazine of news, politics, and culture. It combines humor and insight in thoughtful analyses of current events and political news.
Texas Monthly
Texas Monthly is the authority on life in Texas, reporting on politics, the environment and education, as well as the Texas food and culture scenes.
TEDis a nonprofit organization devoted to "sharing ideas worth spreading." The site would help provide multimedia exposure to informational text. Presentations might run as long as 15-20 minutes.
The long-standing publication covers politics, world news, photos, video, tech reviews, health, science and entertainment news.
U.S. News & World Report
A good source for many subjects: political, economic, health, education, and more.
Utne Reader
Utne Reader and are digests of independent ideas and alternative culture. They cover everything from the environment to the economy, politics to pop culture.
Vanity Fair
Hollywood, politics, royals, Wall Street, international news, fashion, society, scandal, and real estate.
The Verge
Founded in 2011, The Verge covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture. Its mission is to offer in-depth reporting and long-form feature stories, breaking news coverage, product information, and community content.
The Week
Explores weekly events in politics, science, entertainment and education. Some articles pull content from multiple sources, providing students with multiple perspectives on a single issue.
The Weekly Standard
Rupert Murdoch’s magazine of the neo-conservatives.
The Wilson Quarterly
Noted for its nonpartisan, non-ideological approach to current issues, with articles written from various perspectives.

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Bloomberg Businessweek
A premier site for business and financial market news, features, commentary, and more.
The Economist
The Economist is a weekly news and international affairs publication. Additionally,they claim to take an editorial stance that is "supportive of free trade, globalization, free immigration and some socially liberal causes."
A global, bi-weekly business magazine published by Time, Inc. The magazine is especially known for its annual features ranking companies by revenue.
The Wall Street Journal
WSJ’s online presence covers breaking news and current headlines from the U.S. and around the world. Find top stories, photos, videos, detailed analysis and in-depth coverage of business, technology, markets coverage, and more.

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American Heritage
Covers America's past and present, including biographies of famous personalities, popular music, business, politics, art, war, and culture.
American History
American History explores the rich texture of the American experience through in-depth features, photographs, and artwork.
The Smithsonian
The Smithsonian’s well-respected magazine publishes articles, opinion pieces, videos, photos and more about nature, history, science and the arts.
Teaching History
From the National History Education Clearinghouse, Teaching History provides several great resources including content readings that can be used to enrich unit plans on the U.S. labor movement, the American Revolution, early conservation, and several other topics.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The site's education area provides excellent resources for teachers. Among the collection of resources available on this site include print photographs, historical summaries, letters, and diary entries.

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Science & Technology

Ars Technica
Ars Technica provides technology news, tech policy analysis, breakdowns of the latest scientific advancements, gadget reviews, software, hardware, and nearly everything else found in between layers of silicon.
The century-old, bimonthly magazine of the National Audubon Society.
Science news, articles, current events and future views on topics such as technology, space, environment, health and medicine.
MIT Technology Review
MIT's magazine about innovation, with online articles on specific technologies and a focus on the process by which new technology gets out of the lab and into the world.
NASA brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, press releases, and more.
National Geographic
In addition to the free maps, photos, videos and daily news blurbs, National Geographic provides full-length articles and features about animals, the environment, cultures, and more.
Natural History
The stated mission of the magazine is to promote public understanding and appreciation of nature and science.
Scientific American
The oldest continuously published magazine in America and still a leader in publishing quality scientific information as features, critiques, and more.
Seed Magazine
The magazine looks at big ideas in science, important issues at the intersection of science and society, and the people driving global science culture.
A perennial favorite among techies, Wired reports on how new and developing technology affects culture, the economy, and politics.
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