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.
Depression, The Secret We Share
Andrew Solomon describes his experiences with depression and what makes some people more resilient in overcoming it.
Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech
Elie Wiesel accepts the Nobel Peace Prize and discusses how the world can achieve peace in the future.
Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Malala Yousafzai receives the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for education.
'Enemies from Within' Speech
Senator Joseph McCarthy
In Senator Joseph McCarthy’s most famous speech, he condemns the threat of communism and accuses the state department of communist infiltration.
Nelson Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Nelson Mandela receives the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and discusses his work ending South Africa’s system of segregation.
The Leaders Who Ruined Africa and the Generation Who Can Fix It
In this TED Talk, Fred Swaniker discusses leadership in Africa and his hopes for future leaders.
What Fear Can Teach Us
Karen Thompson Walker
In this speech, Karen Thompson Walker discusses how fear impacts the decisions we make.
Capitalism Will Eat Democracy — Unless We Speak Up
In this TED Talk, economist Yanis Varoufakis discusses the relationship between politics and economics.
I Have a Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, King discusses the status of African Americans and what he hopes to see in the future.
How Autism Freed Me to be Myself
In this speech, 16-year-old Rosie King shares her experiences with autism and how it has allowed her to be true to herself.
The Danger of a Single Story
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the impact stories can have in constructing our understanding of the world and people.
Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013
In this speech to the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai describes her experience after being shot by members of the Taliban and her commitment to education and rights for women.
President Roosevelt’s First Fireside Chat
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Roosevelt addresses the nation regarding the banking crisis.
The Economic Bill of Rights
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
In this historic speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt emphasizes the importance of ensuring that every American citizen has the opportunity for economic advancement.
President Clinton’s Remarks in Kigali on the Rwandan Genocide
President Bill Clinton
President Clinton reflects on the 1994 Rwandan genocide and what must be done to repair Rwanda and prevent future genocides.
Elie Wiesel’s “The Perils of Indifference” Speech
A Holocaust survivor discusses the consequences of acting indifferently towards human suffering.
Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum
Acclaimed author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, speaks at the opening of Yad Vashem’s new Holocaust History Museum.
President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points
President Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson’s famous “Fourteen Points” were a statement of Wilson’s beliefs about how to bring an end to World War I and to prevent war in the future.
Emma Watson’s United Nations: “HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too” Speech
Emma Watson launches the UN Women campaign for ending gender inequality: HeForShe.