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.
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.
Adolescence and the Teenage Crush
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Dr. Carl Pickhardt delineates between "identity crushes" and "romantic crushes."
First They Came…
This famous quotation was written by a Lutheran pastor who was plagued by guilt for not speaking up during the Holocaust.
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.
The Distracted Teenage Brain
Alison Pearce Stevens
A 2014 study reveals that teenage brains are more likely to be driven — and distracted — by rewards than adults'.
The Underground Railroad
This informational text provides a brief overview on the history and the impact of the Underground Railroad.
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
In 2013, locals in the Alabama community weighed in on this difficult debate about high school football.
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story
A Native American author adds key information to the commonly told story of the first Thanksgiving.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
Witchcraft in Salem
In 1692, mass hysteria gripped the town of Salem, Massachusetts, killing 20 people and creating what is now known as the Salem Witch Trials.
Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?
This 2012 news article explores how the American criminal justice system handles cases in which adolescents have committed or been party to murder.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
A classic poem packed with metaphors in which Frost depicts the fleeting nature of youth.
Guy de Maupassant
A woman's dream of wearing a diamond necklace leads to a series of events that leave her in a life of poverty.
Sonnet 18 is also known as, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
I Am Offering This Poem
Jimmy Santiago Baca
With nothing else to offer, a speaker gives the gifts of poetry and love.
Why Do People Follow The Crowd?
ABC's Primetime recreated two social experiments to understand why humans readily conform.
A boy takes a trip into the forest with his friends.
The Story of Prometheus and Pandora's Box
A retelling of the classic tales of Prometheus and Pandora’s Box, changing the traditionally erudite and lofty tone of myth to one more relatable and down-to-earth.