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.
Think Mothering Young Kids Is Hard? Get Ready For Even Tougher Times
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
This informational text explores when motherhood becomes easier for mothers.
Teenage Brains Are Malleable And Vulnerable, Researchers Say
This informational text discusses the teenage brain’s focus on rewards and how this can influence behavior.
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.
UN Explores Native American Rights In U.S.
Michel Martin interviews S. James Anaya about his report on the rights and quality of life of indigenous people in the United States.
American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past
This informational text discusses the off-reservation boarding school for Native Americans, Sherman Indian High School, and how it compares to boarding schools of the past.
How Native Students Can Succeed In College: 'Be As Tough As The Land That Made You'
This informational text discusses the obstacles Native American teenagers face when applying for college and how a program called College Horizons helps.
Behind The Native American Achievement Gap
Celeste Headlee interviews Anton Treuer on the education of Native Americans.
The Coeur d’Alene Miners’ Uprising
Two newspaper articles detail the Coeur D’Alene miners’ strike of 1892 that led to violence and unrest.
'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'
This 2014 NPR piece describes the experiences and thoughts of men whose identities have been shaped by their time spent in prison.
Californian Neglected its Duty
El Paso Herald
A newspaper article from 1912 discusses the sinking of the Titanic and why so few people survived.
Was Hard Fight to Get Vote
The Barre Daily Times
This article from The Barre Daily Times discusses women’s fight for the right to vote and their success.
The Life’s Work of Susan B. Anthony
The two articles included in this informational text discuss Susan B. Anthony’s life and contributions to the suffrage movement.
Shoe Factory Horror
The Taney County Republican
"The Taney County Republican" reports on a deadly explosion at R. B. Grover & Cc. shoe factory.
Assassination of the President
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theatre. Lincoln would die the following day.
Eight White Sox Are Indicted
New York Tribune
In 1920, a grand jury convened to investigate eight Chicago White Sox baseball players accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for money from gamblers.
Austrian Heir and Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing
The Washington Herald
Two articles from The Washington Herald discuss the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie.
Local Children's Reactions to 9-11 Tragedy
Young students discuss how their lives have been impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.
Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells
Rob Stein and Michaeleen Doucleff
This article discusses advancements in the field of stem cell research as of 2013 — and the ethical questions accompanying them.
A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions
A resourceful teenager in Kenya is honored for his solution to the country’s lion problem.