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.
‘Witch’ Burnings Haunt Kenyan Tribe
Gwen Thompkins discusses the burning of 11 accused witches in a Kenyan tribe in 2008.
A futurist society achieves equality at a steep cost.
Salem Memorializes Those Killed During Witch Trials
Merrit Kennedy discusses the opening of a memorial established on the site where 19 people were hanged during the Salem witch trials.
Daughter of Invention
A girl who has recently moved from the Dominican Republic to America prepares a speech to present in front of her school.
Granuaile was a well-known female leader and pirate during the 16th century in Ireland.
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth speaks on women's rights at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
In this poem, a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.
The Lure of Shakespeare
Robert W. Butler
Robert W. Butler discusses William Shakespeare’s success as a playwright.
Shakespeare's Other World
Kim Zarins discusses the otherworldly creatures of William Shakespeare's plays The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Justice for All
Lynn Rymarz discusses how Ida B. Wells confronted racial injustice on a train.
The Late Troubles at Salem
Marjorie Rackliffe discusses the unfair witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts.
Any More Earths Out There?
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein discusses astronomers' work to find planets outside of our solar system.
A Sound of Thunder
A man travels back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Lather and Nothing Else
A nervous barber shaves a military captain.