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.
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.
Sometimes, History is Sadness
This piece explores the human impact of the tragic historical events of September 11, 2001.
Anger as Inspiration
Humanitarian and activist Sami Awad describes how he channels anger to create a commitment to peace.
The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
Two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane.
How Santa Claus Found the Poor-House
Two young boys living in a "poor-house" in Victorian England receive a Christmas gift like no other--a reward for the resilience and loyalty.
Outpouring of Support for France
In November 2015, 139 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a terrorist attack in France. This article highlights the global outpouring of support France received following the tragedy.
Woolly Mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning
Although woolly mammoths disappeared around 10,000 years ago, the discovery of a well-preserved carcass has sparked debate over whether or not extinct species should be brought back with modern technology.
Diary of a Teenage Refugee
A 16-year-old Syrian girl living as a refugee in Lebanon tells about her experiences fleeing her home and living in a camp.