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.
Madoff Is Sentenced to 150 Years for Ponzi Scheme
Diana B. Henriques
In 2009, Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for defrauding thousands of investors and billions of dollars.
Just Say No!
Jennifer Barefoot discusses colonial women’s role in the American Revolution.
Origami — An Ancient Art
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski describes the ancient art of paper folding in Japan.
Mike Weinstein describes how colonists dumped tea from an English trade company into the Boston Harbor in 1773.
What is a Robonaut?
Robots may soon be working alongside astronauts in space.
Think journalism’s a tough field today? Try being a reporter in the Gilded Age
Randall S. Sumpter
Randall S. Sumpter discusses journalism practices during the late 19th century in America.
The US has become a nation of suburbs
Christopher Boone discusses the trend of suburban living in America.
Many U.S. Football players had brain disease, data show
Aimee Cunningham discusses the findings of a study that looks at football players’ brains after death.
Don’t Blame the Rats for Spreading the Black Death
Bethany Brookshire discusses new research on how the Black Death spread through Europe.
Explainer: What is dopamine?
Bethany Brookshire discusses the importance of dopamine, a chemical in the brain.
Why do volcanoes erupt?
Heather Handley discusses why volcanoes erupt.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
How Salt Shook an Empire
Sara Wilson Etienne
In 1930, the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi protested the British Empire by walking to the sea and gathering his own salt.
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.