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.
Jihyun Park: Defector. Refugee. Survivor. Freedom fighter for North Koreans
Anne Hannah Foong
Jihyun Park escaped North Korea and human trafficking to become an advocate for North Korean refugees.
Why it's time to lay the stereotype of the 'teen brain’ to rest
Dan Romer discusses teenagers’ risk-taking behavior.
Women's colleges play a unique role in quest for equality
Kimberly Wright Cassidy
Kimberly Wright Cassidy discusses the accomplishments of women’s colleges.
The myth of the college dropout
Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann
Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann discuss the success of college graduates and college dropouts.
Avoid high student debt and dropping out by asking these 4 questions about any college
Jake Murray discusses four important questions students should ask about any college they consider attending.
Eight reasons to not be spooked by spiders this Halloween
Lizzy Lowe provides eight reasons for why you shouldn’t be afraid of spiders.
Sí Se Puede!
Cesar Chavez was an important civil rights leader who fought for farm workers’ rights.
Making college more affordable: What needs discussing is the total cost of a degree
The president of Pennsylvania State University discusses how we can make college more affordable.
Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles
Adam Liptak and Ethan Bronner
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for juvenile offenders to be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without any chance of being free.
Coming of Age in North Korea
Fyodor Tertitskiy discusses the experiences of North Koreans in their adult lives.
Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, who lost her sister to a juvenile offender, discusses how young offenders should be sentenced.
Prison Is a Poor Deterrent, and a Dangerous Punishment
Daniel Okonkwo discusses how juvenile offenders should be treated differently than adult offenders.
Making college matter
Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten
Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten discuss how students can make their time in college matter.
The Race Factor in Trying Juveniles as Adults
Jennifer L. Eberhardt & Aneeta Rattan
Jennifer L. Eberhardt and Aneeta Rattan discuss the impact that race has on sentencing juvenile offenders.
Excerpts from "The Perils of Obedience"
Stanley Milgram summarizes and discusses the experiments he conducted in 1963 regarding human obedience.
Rethinking One of Psychology's Most Infamous Experiments
Cari Romm reexamines Milgram’s shocking experiments regarding human obedience.
Making college more affordable: more than one funder has to step up
Jill Tiefenthaler, President of Colorado College, discusses how different funders could help make college more affordable.
Why double-majors might beat you out of a job
Matthew J. Mayhew and Benjamin S. Selznick
Matthew J. Mayhew and Benjamin S. Selznick discuss why employers are interested in double-majors.
Animal emotions stare us in the face — are our pets happy?
Mirjam Guesgen discusses how one day we might be able to understand our pets’ facial expressions with an app.