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.
Marshall Plan Speech
George Catlett Marshall
A speech outlining the plan to rebuild Europe after the devastation of WWII
Charter of the United Nations
Fifty nations signed this international treaty in the aftermath of WWII.
Excerpt from The Prince
Machiavelli discussed the value of cruelty and how it can be used to retain power.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: Chapter 16
In his monologue, the monster scolds the scientist for letting power cloud his judgment.
The Guilty Party
The tragedy of Liz, a girl overcome with jealousy and driven to violence.
The Kohlberg Dilemmas
This American psychologist developed these moral dilemmas to determine his subject's stage of moral development.
Excerpts from Leviathan
This book established the concept of the "social contract."
The Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments of the United States Constitution grant a number of freedoms to the federal government, the states, and the public.
A Modest Proposal
In this humorous satirical essay, Swift makes a ridiculous suggestion: that the nation of Ireland eat children in order to solve the poverty problem.
What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
According to Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a person's memories can be self-defining.
Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College
The famous poem that coined the phrase, "Igorance is bliss; 'Tis folly to be wise."
Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Tom Sawyer starts the "Tom Sawyer Gang" and makes all his friends, including Huck, swear an oath.