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.
Explainer: What is dopamine?
Bethany Brookshire discusses the importance of dopamine, a chemical in the brain.
Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park
A speaker describes driving with his father.
The Scientific Method
A speaker describes Thomas Edison’s laboratory and his work.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
A Prayer for the Living
A narrator searches for their loved-ones among the dead, the result of a war and famine.
Jihyun Park: Defector. Refugee. Survivor. Freedom fighter for North Koreans
Anne Hannah Foong
Jihyun Park escaped North Korea and human trafficking to become an advocate for North Korean refugees.
Why it's time to lay the stereotype of the 'teen brain’ to rest
Dan Romer discusses teenagers’ risk-taking behavior.
Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles
Adam Liptak and Ethan Bronner
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for juvenile offenders to be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without any chance of being free.
Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?
James Kuzner discusses the idea of love at first sight.
Coming of Age in North Korea
Fyodor Tertitskiy discusses the experiences of North Koreans in their adult lives.
Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, who lost her sister to a juvenile offender, discusses how young offenders should be sentenced.
Prison Is a Poor Deterrent, and a Dangerous Punishment
Daniel Okonkwo discusses how juvenile offenders should be treated differently than adult offenders.
The Race Factor in Trying Juveniles as Adults
Jennifer L. Eberhardt & Aneeta Rattan
Jennifer L. Eberhardt and Aneeta Rattan discuss the impact that race has on sentencing juvenile offenders.
Excerpts from "The Perils of Obedience"
Stanley Milgram summarizes and discusses the experiments he conducted in 1963 regarding human obedience.
Rethinking One of Psychology's Most Infamous Experiments
Cari Romm reexamines Milgram’s shocking experiments regarding human obedience.
The Cost of Prison in Dollars and Lives
Michael P. Jacobson
Michael P. Jacobson discusses the punishment and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
Life of a North Korean
Fyodor Tertitskiy describes the life of North Koreans from birth to legal adulthood.
Judge sentences youth offenders to chess, with promising results
Monique Sedgwick, Jeffrey MacCormack, and Lance Grigg
Researchers discuss the potential benefits of youth offenders participating in a chess program.
“Help Him Up!”: A Witness’s Account of Panic on a Subway Platform
A reporter describes witnesses’ reactions to a man falling onto New York City subway tracks.