The High Progress Literacy Text Depot

Recommended Sites for Adding to Existing Text Sets

Here is a collection of sites which we recommend using to find additional texts (articles, maps, graphs, timelines, visual art, music, etc.) to grow the text sets in TextDepot for U.S. History.

Clicking on any of the links below will open a new window and take you to one of those sites. When you find materials to add to the text set you are building, come back to TextDepot and use the BE AWESOME button on the text set page to share what you find back with us so you can help to grow this text set.

Primary Sources

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors. Whether you are new to the Library of Congress or an experienced researcher, we have a world-class staff ready to assist you online and in person.

The National Humanities Center “provides scholars with the resources necessary to generate new knowledge and to further understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought. The Center’s education programs strengthen teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Model programs developed at the Center provide teachers and faculty with new materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach.” This link takes you to their primary source collection organized by topic.

Secondary Sources

CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12. Our resources are:

  • Flexible;
  • Research-Based;
  • Aligned to the Common Core State Standards;
  • Created by teachers, for teachers.

We believe in the transformative power of a great text, and a great question. That’s why we are committed to keeping CommonLit completely free, forever.

NewsELA offers a wide range of articles, including news, primary sources, and texts arranged in text sets.

Free membership required.

Teaching time is valuable. That’s why everything on ReadWorks is thoughtfully designed to provide high-impact instruction that builds better readers.
  • 4,560 K-12 passages (and counting)
  • Search by grade or by lexile
  • Written by experts, curated by educators
  • On topics you’re teaching and topics worth knowing

Free membership required.


High Progress Literacy and HPL TextDepot are copyrighted (c) 2014-2022 by High Progress Literacy Associates, LLC. The materials on this site are free for individual use and for educational purposes. Any commercial use is strictly forbidden. HPL TextDepot is a curation service. We offer educators a place to collect, organize, and share materials found on the web. All materials on HPL TextDepot are copyright by the author of each text. Wherever possible, we include a URL at the bottom of each text so members can navigate to the website from which the text came.