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.
Shakespeare: Who Was The Bard?
Mia Hodorovich discusses theories that question the true authorship of William Shakespeare’s works.
How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical to Help Street Kids
Linus Unah discusses a teen’s actions in Nigeria to help street kids.
A girl living in England during World War II is bullied by one of her classmates.
When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines
ReSTART is a rehabilitation center that works with people addicted to technology.
Boko Haram & The Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping
Barrett Smith discusses the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
Shelby Ostergaard discusses Jesse Owens’ win at the Summer Olympics in 1936.
How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
Steve Henn, for NPR
Steve Henn discusses how game companies are learning from the gamers that use their products.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.
When Women Stopped Coding
Steve Henn explores why fewer women are pursuing jobs in computer science.
‘Witch’ Burnings Haunt Kenyan Tribe
Gwen Thompkins discusses the burning of 11 accused witches in a Kenyan tribe in 2008.
Salem Memorializes Those Killed During Witch Trials
Merrit Kennedy discusses the opening of a memorial established on the site where 19 people were hanged during the Salem witch trials.
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth speaks on women's rights at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
The Lure of Shakespeare
Robert W. Butler
Robert W. Butler discusses William Shakespeare’s success as a playwright.
Shakespeare's Other World
Kim Zarins discusses the otherworldly creatures of William Shakespeare's plays The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream.