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.
Things That Show and Things That Don't
This informational text explains how genes have dominant and recessive alleles that make everyone look different from their parents.
Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013
In this speech to the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai describes her experience after being shot by members of the Taliban and her commitment to education and rights for women.
The Death of a Soldier
The life and death of a soldier is compared to autumn.
A family has a meal following the death of the speaker's father.
In Flanders Fields
This famous short poem describes the painful losses on World War I battlefields.
It Is Raining on the House of Anne Frank
Tourists in Amsterdam wait to explore the house of Anne Frank.
Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases
Ida B. Wells
This excerpt discusses the injustice and horrors of Southern lynch laws, focusing especially on the violence enacted against African Americans following the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.
Things Get More Complicated When You’re Older
This informational text explains how living things create different types of cells to do different types of work.
A young man seeking lodging is taken in by a landlady who is not what she seems.
“A Mad Dash to Disaster”: The First World War
This informational text provides a comprehensive overview of the WWI: its causes, its major battles, and the outcomes of the Great War.
How Do I Look?
The text discusses the influences of nature and nurture on who a person becomes.
Let's See What You're Made Of
This text explores the world of cells, explaining how multicellular and unicellular organisms are composed.
At first glance, an egg seems simple to most, but it’s symbolic value lends to the analysis of our world.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The speaker of the poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
President Kennedy's Inaugural Address
President John F. Kennedy
In his inaugural address, President Kennedy discusses his vision for leading the United States and its allies through the Cold War.
First Lady Barbara Bush's Commencement Address at Wellesley College
First Lady Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush discusses the roles of women in modern society in her Wellesley College commencement address.
Causes of the American Civil War
This informational text explores the causes of the American Civil War and the growing hostility between the Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders.