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.
Adolescence and the Teenage Crush
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Dr. Carl Pickhardt delineates between "identity crushes" and "romantic crushes."
John Locke argues that people must sacrifice some freedoms in order to live peacefully in society.
Fugitive Slave Act of 1793
The United States Congress
The Fugitive Slave Act granted slave owners the right to recover their run-away slaves.
Rebel With a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Psychology shows us patterns of rebellion in adolescence. But does that mean your identity is pre-defined?
This famous poem deals with the tensions and questions of human existence.
Some psychologists claim that recognizing your reflection in the mirror--which occurs at 6 months-- is the key to developing identity.
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
In these excerpts, the star-crossed lovers lament the family names that made them mortal enemies.
What's Your True Age?
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
According to Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, chronological age is just one way of defining how old you are.
In this symbolism-filled story, a young girl named Babette must wait patiently for the figs to ripen.
My Lost Youth
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker remembers the vivid longings and wild emotions of his boyhood.
Forever Young: America's Obsession with Never Growing Old
In this article, psychiatrist Dale Archer argues that the value which American culture places on youth and age shifted over time.
The Complexity of Fear
Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
In this heavily researched article, Dr. Mary C. Lamia delineates between anxiety and fear.
FDR's First Inaugural Address
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
With the nation in the grips of the Great Depression, our 32nd President announces "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
A man is slowly driven mad by the sound of a beating heart under his floorboards.
From 'The World Before Him'
Horatio Alger, Jr.
This American fable captures the hopeful vision of success for the "everyman" in America's Gilded Age.
The Declaration of Independence
Following a series of abuses from King George III, the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain through this document.
JFK's 'Race to Space' Speech
President John F. Kennedy
In 1962, the prospect of being the first nation to land on the moon was central to American exceptionalism.
'Day of Infamy' Speech
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, FDR delivered this speech to the nation.