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.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
Social media sites can act as "echo chambers" that primarily reinforce old cliques
The Complexity of Fear
Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
In this heavily researched article, Dr. Mary C. Lamia delineates between anxiety and fear.
Was It a Dream?
Guy de Maupassant
A grieving man visits the grave of his deceased lover, where he discovers an awful truth.
A Dead Woman's Secret
Guy de Maupassant
While mourning the passing of their saintly mother, a brother and sister uncover a shocking secret.
Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism
This article explores the culture of the ancient Greeks through the lens of their beliefs in gods and goddesses, and its influence on Western culture.
Students’ Work Ethic Affected by Peer Groups, Desire to Be Popular
New research suggests that among teens, peer pressure and popularity can have significant effects on education.
Introduction to World War II
This informational text discusses what led up to WWII, its progression, and eventual conclusion.
The Road to American Independence
This text recounts the major events that led the American colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War and independence from Great Britain.
The New Colossus
This famous poem is featured as an engraving on the Statue of Liberty and has filled millions of immigrants with hope.
It Is Raining on the House of Anne Frank
Tourists in Amsterdam wait to explore the house of Anne Frank.
The Rush of Immigrants
This informational text describes the tide of new immigrants to the United States from the mid-1800s to the 1920s.
This excerpt from Aristotle's famous work "Poetics" proposes a definition of the perfect tragedy.
The Gettysburg Address
President Abraham Lincoln
In his eminently famous Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln reflects on the nature of the United States and represents the Civil War as a solemn struggle for freedom and equality.
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
In this excerpt from the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the Sirens on his journey.
A Thief Dines Out, Hoping Later to Eat In
This New York Times article reports on a man who commits crimes, hoping to be sent to jail.
A daughter comes home to visit her mother and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?
Experts with competing viewpoints discuss the impact that rapid technological development will have on the future availability of jobs.
A Retrieved Reformation
A notorious bank robber and lock-picker tries to escape his past and become a new man.
Why Are We Obsessed With Superheroes?
"Over the years, superheroes have morphed to fit our social needs of the time," writes David Wright.