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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.
Behind Bars, Vets With PTSD Face A New War Zone, With Little Support
An Iraq combat veteran grapples with PTSD and his run-ins with the legal system.
It’s For You to Know That You Forgive, Says Holocaust Survivor
NPR, "All Things Considered"
Holocaust survivor Eva Kor meets former Nazi on trial, and offers powerful words about forgiveness, taking back power, and how to move forward.
In Danang, Where U.S. Troops First Landed, Memories of War Have Faded
Michael Sullivan, for NPR
This NPR story explains why some Vietnamese people have a better opinion of America today than one might expect.
Seven Decades On, Anne Frank’s Words Still Comfort
A young girl’s wartime diary is so poignant it still resonates today amongst those who struggle.
Woman Who Helped Anne Frank Dies at 100
Teri Schultz, National Public Radio
A radio show reflects on an interview with the amazing woman who helped hide Anne Frank’s family and eventually discovered her diary.
Teaching Kids in Vietnam to Avoid a Deadly, Everyday Legacy of War
Michael Sullivan, for All Things Considered on NPR
This NPR story describes education in Vietnam today that might save a life: lessons about different kinds of explosives.
High Court Reviews Insanity-Defense Case
This news report discusses whether the court will accept the “insanity defense” when a schizophrenic man shoots an officer.
Outpouring of Support for France
In November 2015, 139 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a terrorist attack in France. This article highlights the global outpouring of support France received following the tragedy.
Woolly Mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning
Although woolly mammoths disappeared around 10,000 years ago, the discovery of a well-preserved carcass has sparked debate over whether or not extinct species should be brought back with modern technology.
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
A recent study shows that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study
A Cornell sociologist conducted a study that suggested social networks may not be fulfilling our deeper social needs.
Students’ Work Ethic Affected by Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular
New research suggests that among teens, peer pressure and popularity can have significant effects on education.
In Pakistan, a Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 in a Cowshed
When teachers in her impoverished rural village in Pakistan never showed up to work, 20-year-old Aansoo Kohli decided to take matters into her own hands.
Human or Machine? A.I. Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'
In 2014, a chatbot named Eugene Goostman fooled a third of human testers into believing it was a real human.
Men and Women Use Different Scales to Weigh Moral Dilemmas
When researchers analyzed the responses of thousands of men and women to various moral dilemmas, they found that decision-making methods often vary by gender.
You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience
According to a study published in Psychological Science, when we spend money on experiences rather than materials, it can indeed bring people joy.
American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality
Three years after the economic recession, Americans seem to be losing faith in the American Dream.
Maybe Mean Girls' Mental Games Have a Purpose
New studies focusing on aggression in females shed light on stereotypes and realities for women.
The Bright Side of Sadness
Science News looks at recent studies suggesting that negative emotions might have some positive benefits.