CommonLit The Library
CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker
This informational text asks students to imagine what it would be like to live as a worker during the U.S. Industrial Revolution.
President Obama’s National Address to America’s Schoolchildren
President Barack Obama
President Obama speaks to students at Wakefield High School about the importance of education.
On Second Anniversary, Haiti Still Recovering from Earthquake
This informational text discusses the slow progress that has been made in Haiti in the years following the devastating earthquake that occurred there in 2010.
Strength in Numbers
This informational text discusses how different organisms are grouped together and contribute to the world.
The Frog and the Mouse
A frog betrays a mouse and finds himself in a bad situation because of it.
The Farmer and the Viper
A farmer finds a snake frozen in his field and decides to help it.
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
This article discusses the different types of interactions between diverse organisms.
Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe
In this letter, missionary and pioneer Cordelia writes of her bold plans to travel west and "civilize" the Indians.
Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation
The United States’ history of owning slaves in the South to work on plantations is discussed.
Women in Ancient Rome
This informational text explores what it was like to be a woman living in Ancient Rome.
Stepping back in time, this informational text invites the reader to imagine life with the northeast natives of pre-colonial America.
Woman Who Helped Anne Frank Dies at 100
Teri Schultz, National Public Radio
A radio show reflects on an interview with the amazing woman who helped hide Anne Frank’s family and eventually discovered her diary.
‘You Have the Right to Remain Silent’: A History of the Miranda Rights
Discover the meaning, history, and purpose behind this famous American phrase.
Workers’ Rights and the History of Labor Unions
This article provides a brief history of labor unions, including common tactics and important advances in workers’ rights.
Theseus and the Minotaur
A brave young Athenian prince vows to take on a monster who has been terrorizing the people of his city for years.
Duck & Cover: School Drills During the Cold War
During the Cold War years, American schools held “Duck and Cover” drills to prepare for the chance of nuclear attack.
The Scholarship Jacket
Marta is a straight-A student who has earned a scholarship jacket, but her financial situation – and an unjust school leader – may prevent her from receiving her reward.
A clever man is unfairly tricked by three selfish rogues from his town and decides to give the three a taste of their own medicine.
A rousing poem celebrating Columbus’s perseverance even when success was far from certain.