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.
I went from prison to professor
Dr. Stanley Andrisse discusses how he went from being incarcerated to being a professor.
What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful
Laura Haynes discusses the effects that the flu can have on the body.
Why is it fun to be frightened?
Margee Kerr explores why some people like to be afraid.
California Energy Commission
Electricity is an important source of energy which is created through the interaction of particles.
The author discusses what happens when something short circuits.
Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?
Paul Tullis discusses the Grosmaires’ journey forgiving and reconciling with the young man who murdered their daughter.
The Hermit Kingdom
Rachel Slivnick describes what we know about North Korea’s mysterious government and life in the country.
The Face of Immortality?
Many people believe that a small organism known as a hydra is immortal.
Emerald Ash Borer
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection describes the relatively recent appearance of a beetle in North America: the emerald ash borer.
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.
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.
Shirley Chisholm's Presidential Announcement Speech Transcript
Shirley Chisholm, an African American woman, announces her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1972.
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.
Making college more affordable: The importance of pre-collegiate preparation
Reynold Verret discusses how we can make college more accessible for students of various social and economic backgrounds.
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.