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.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
Social media sites can act as "echo chambers" that primarily reinforce old cliques
Conformity is the act of matching one’s beliefs or actions to the norms of a larger social group.
Soccer games have long been associated with violence and delinquent behavior.
The Third Wave
In 1967, a history teacher's social experiment based on the leadership tactics of the Third Reich got out of control.
This text provides an overview of when and how individuals give in to herd behavior.
In the 1970s, over a milion Americans went crazy for the pet rock trend.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
“Keeping up with the Joneses” describes the social phenomenon in which people try to “keep up” with the wealth and social status of their peers.
The New Survivors
Cancer survivors display an extraordinary amount of positivity.
The Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed Exercise
After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., third grade teacher Jane Elliot conducted a social experiment.
Excerpt from The Prince
Machiavelli discussed the value of cruelty and how it can be used to retain power.
Is There a Cheater's High?
Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D.
According to Dr. Romeo Vitelli, cheating (and getting away with it) may be a positive motivator.
The Kohlberg Dilemmas
This American psychologist developed these moral dilemmas to determine his subject's stage of moral development.
Adolescence and the Teenage Crush
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Dr. Carl Pickhardt delineates between "identity crushes" and "romantic crushes."
Rebel With a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Psychology shows us patterns of rebellion in adolescence. But does that mean your identity is pre-defined?
Superman's Secret Identity
In the comic book series, Clark Kent is a newspaper reporter who transforms into Superman.
Stanley Tookie Williams III is the infamous leader of the Crips gang who later began writing children's books.
The idea that a person can have "another self" is a relatively new concept.
The Nature vs. Nurture Debate
For years, scientists have been debating what causes people to have different personalities-- genetics or environment?
Some psychologists claim that recognizing your reflection in the mirror--which occurs at 6 months-- is the key to developing identity.