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.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages
Shelby Ostergaard discusses Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the former First Lady of the United States.
Carl Stoffers discusses how the justice system handles juvenile offenders.
Milgram experiment on obedience
In 1963 Stanley Milgram conducted an experiment to test human obedience in response to authority figures.
The American Criminal Justice System
Rachel Slivnick discusses the state of America’s criminal justice system.
The Bill of Rights in a Changing America
The Bill of Rights continues to be a guiding document for the Supreme Court’s decisions, despite its old age.
Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others
Kendra Cherry discusses psychologists’ theories about why people act in unselfish ways.
Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers
Jim Sallis discusses some of the dangers presented by a new mode of transportation.
Langston Hughes' hidden influence on MLK
Jason Miller discusses the influence that poet Langston Hughes had on Martin Luther King Jr.
Why it matters that teens are reading less
Jean Twenge discusses how teenagers today are spending less time reading.
Does the Justice System Neglect Forgiveness?
Oriel FeldmanHall and Peter Sokol-Hessner
Oriel FeldmanHall and Peter Sokol-Hessner discuss alternatives to punishing criminals.
Experts Link Teen Brains' Immaturity, Juvenile Crime
Malcolm Ritter discusses the development of the teenage brain and juvenile crime.
Does Altruism Actually Exist?
Alice G. Walton
Alice G. Walton discusses a study that explores the link between selflessness and fairness in babies.
Revisiting Milgram’s Shocking Obedience Experiments
Nick Haslam and Gina Perry
Nick Haslam and Gina Perry revisit Stanley Milgram’s experiment about humans’ willingness to obey authority figures.
The Nigerian Prison System Is an Example of Why ‘Justice for All’ Remains Beyond Reach
Cynthia Okoroafor describes the Nigerian prison system.
Banana Threat: Attack of the Clones
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the threat to Cavendish bananas.
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Majority Opinion
Justice Abe Fortas
Justice Abe Fortas discusses the majority opinion in Tinker v. Des Moines: a landmark case for the constitutional rights to protest and to free speech for students in U.S. public schools.
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.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A girl’s brother is arrested and sent to a corrupt prison in Nigeria.
The Red Bow
A father is devastated when his daughter is killed by a diseased dog.