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.
The Long March
Peggy King Anderson
In 1838, the Potawatomi Indians were forced to leave their homelands and move west on a long and difficult march.
3 Ways to Learn about Consumer Power
This text discusses how we can make a positive difference when making purchases.
Am I Not A Woman And A Sister?
Elizabeth Crawford (adaptation of original text)
Despite being denied their political voices, women played a significant role in the anti-slavery campaign.
Clinging to Tradition, Mattaponi Fight Reservoir
Representatives from the town of Newport News and the Mattaponi Indians debate the building of a new reservoir.
Girls of the Crescent: Meet the Two Teenagers Fighting for Better Representation in Books
Girls of the Crescent
Two Muslim girls start a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity and representation in libraries and schools.
The Real Cost of Cheap Fashion
The process of making cheap clothes can be bad in many ways.
A Space is More Than Just a Space
The different spaces we encounter in our personal lives and communities should be treated with respect.
How to Identify and Manage Emotions
Set to Go
Identifying and managing emotions can be helpful in many different situations.
Women Who Spoke Up
America’s history is full of inspiring women.
From Africa to America
Eric Arnesen provides information about the slaves who were brought from Africa to America.
Let Them Speak
Richard J. Boles
Richard J. Boles shares accounts from slaves, traders, and observers connected to the Atlantic slave trade.
Francisco Menéndez: An Unsung Hero
Jane Landers describes the life and accomplishments of Francisco Menéndez, a West African man who was brought to the Americas as a slave.
Molecular scissors fix disease-causing flaw in human embryos
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses research on gene editing in human embryos.
Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance
Eric Niiler discusses why skiers use wax on their skis.
A Matter of Taste
Jeanne Miller explains how humans taste different flavors.
Christine Fournier describes the different ways in which two farmers grow crops.
Adhesive from trees could make tape more eco-friendly
Tyler Berrigan discusses a new type of glue for tape that comes from trees.
Let's Take a White House Tour
John Riley and Barbara Burt
John Riley and Barbara Burt take readers on a tour of the White House.
First Contact with Europeans
Stephen Currie discusses European explorers’ first contact with American Indians in 1513.