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.
What is a vaccine?
Lindsey Konkel describes what a vaccine is and how it works.
She was paralyzed by gun fire as a child in Dorchester. Now she's graduating from high school
Laura Crimaldi describes the experiences and character of a young girl who was hit by a stray bullet when she was only three-years-old.
What is it about yawning?
Christine Calder discusses what causes us to yawn.
NOAA's Big Miracle Worker
Dave Withrow describes how he helped three gray whales trapped in ice in Alaska.
Concussion Prescription: A Year On The Bench For Youngsters?
Nancy Shute discusses a study that explores how long it takes people to recover from a concussion.
Twice I Walked With Dinosaurs
A speaker describes encounters with a baby shark and an alligator.
A speaker describes their ancestors coming to America through Ellis Island.
The power of ‘like’
Alison Pearce Stevens
According to research, social media “likes” may have a greater impact on people than we realized.
Cool Jobs: Reaching Out to E.T. Is a Numbers Game
Ilima Loomis discusses how scientists use math to look for alien life.
The Value of Being Confused
Barrett Smith discusses the benefits of being confused.
The Story Behind Your Dreams
Ben Slivnick discusses why humans dream.
The best way to deal with failure
Selin Malkoc discusses how people deal with failure.
Earthlings, Meet Venus
Rachel Slivnick describes what it’s like on Venus.
The Quake That Shook Up Geology
Beth Geiger discusses the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964.
Concussion: More Than “Getting Your Bell Rung”
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the extent of the damage athletes can suffer when they experience a concussion.
The Legacy of William Shakespeare
Mia Hodorovich discusses the legacy of the playwright William Shakespeare.
First Woman to Wear a Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later
Camila Domonoske discusses the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon in 1967.
Giant Volcanoes Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice
Beth Geiger discusses 91 volcanoes discovered below the Antarctic ice sheet.