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.
Most Ivory for Sale Comes From Recently Killed Elephants — Suggesting Poaching Is Taking Its Toll
A new technology can help determine the origins of ivory.
Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 1 and 2
A family sorts out the will of a recently deceased family member.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages
Shelby Ostergaard discusses Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the former First Lady of the United States.
For a North Korean refugee raising her kids in the UK, the past is never far
Jieun Baek speaks to a North Korean refugee about her experiences in North Korea and raising her kids in the United Kingdom.
In an Amber Dome
A speaker describes a moment they share with someone close to them, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
If Not Threats of War or Sanctions, Then What?
Scholars of international politics discuss what it means to deal politically with other nations and maintain these friendships—or at least, to get what your country wants.
The Coeur d’Alene Miners’ Uprising
Two newspaper articles detail the Coeur D’Alene miners’ strike of 1892 that led to violence and unrest.
The St. Petersburg Workmen's Petition to the Tsar, January 22, 1905
George Gapon describes life for workmen to the Tsar of Russia in 1905.
Cool Jobs: Unearthing the Secrets of Soil
Lindsey Konkel discusses scientists who study soil and what their work can reveal.
Recalling Castro's Ascension — And CIA Reaction
Fidel Castro’s rise to power in 1959 was met with varying responses from the CIA at the time.
The Pardon of Becky Day
John Fox, Jr.
In this story about love and jealousy, a missionary attempts to heal the rift between two feuding families while there is still time to forgive.
After 40 Years, The Complete Pentagon Papers
Michael Cooper and Sam Roberts
In this 2011 The New York Times article, Michael Cooper and Sam Roberts discuss the declassification of documents that were leaked 40 years ago to the press.
The Nigerian Prison System Is an Example of Why ‘Justice for All’ Remains Beyond Reach
Cynthia Okoroafor describes the Nigerian prison system.
The Siege of Vicksburg: A Tale of Two Generals
In this informational text, Kubic discusses and compares the opposing generals, who fought in the Siege of Vicksburg.
To the State Senate on Being Elected Its President
Calvin Coolidge addresses the Massachusetts Senate about what makes a successful government and society.