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.
On the Death of Anne Brontë
In this poem, Charlotte Brontë discusses the death of her sister.
In this poem, the speaker reflects on how she saw her mother at different times in her life.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
In this poem the speaker empathizes with the experiences of a caged bird, using vivid imagery to illustrate its oppression.
A cashier describes three teenage girls who come into a grocery store in only their bathing suits during a more conservative time.
(love song, with two goldfish)
The speaker describes a love story between two goldfish in a fish bowl.
We Real Cool
A group of young men at a pool hall don't care about responsibilities.
Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?
Experts with competing viewpoints discuss the impact that rapid technological development will have on the future availability of jobs.
Liberating the First Nazi Camp
Veterans History Project
A WWII war veteran, Jim Martin, describes his experience finding the first concentration camp that was liberated by U.S. troops.
President Clinton’s Remarks in Kigali on the Rwandan Genocide
President Bill Clinton
President Clinton reflects on the 1994 Rwandan genocide and what must be done to repair Rwanda and prevent future genocides.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
Why Does No One Ever Thank Me for the Magna Carta?
King John reflects on why everyone should thank him for signing the Magna Carta and for the rights they gained from it.
A Refugee Looks Back
Mike J. Kubic, a former Newsweek magazine correspondent and post-WWII refugee, discusses the chaos that ensued after WWII and how it connects to today.
The First Flag
Betsy Ross’s fellow seamstress recounts her experiences helping Ross make the first flag of the United States.
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
This new Declaration of Independence isn’t so great, according to a loyal subject of Great Britain.
The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story
A Native American author adds key information to the commonly told story of the first Thanksgiving.
Local Children's Reactions to 9-11 Tragedy
Young students discuss how their lives have been impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.
Issues with the Articles of Confederation
An enthusiastic narrator explains the Articles of Confederation: the first constitution of the original thirteen states of the United States.
Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth
In his final diary entry, John Wilkes Booth justifies his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and wonders at his fate.
Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered
This informational text provides insight into the historical rise of Joseph Stalin, one of the most brutal tyrants in Soviet and world history.