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.
Let’s Teach for Mastery — Not Test Scores
Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, discusses the importance of mastery-based learning.
An Uncomfortable Bed
Guy de Maupassant
A wealthy man stays the night in a lavish mansion. All night, he suspects his friends are playing tricks on him.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas' most famous poem, written for his dying father, in which he urges him to "rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II
In these excerpts, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar reaches its climax as the conspiracy to remove him from power succeeds.
Life After Sport
After retirement, high performance athletes are at risk for depression and loss of self-identity. What can be done to overcome this challenge?
American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality
Three years after the economic recession, Americans seem to be losing faith in the American Dream.
Hate Speech and the First Amendment
American Bar Association
This informational text discusses the debate between protecting freedom of speech and discouraging hate speech in the United States.
Excerpt from The Harvest Gypsies
John Steinbeck discusses the role of migrant workers in California’s agriculture industry.
'Day of Infamy' Speech
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, FDR delivered this speech to the nation.
How Small Fibs Lead to Big Lies
Researchers test to see if telling small lies leads to telling bigger lies.
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?
Death Marches in the Holocaust
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This text discusses the evacuations and marches that concentration camp prisoners were subjected to during the end of World War II.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a deadly industrial disaster caused by unsafe working conditions.
How the Internet Came to Be
Shelby Ostergaard explains how the Internet developed and how it works today.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
In this poem the speaker empathizes with the experiences of a caged bird, using vivid imagery to illustrate its oppression.
The Story of the Bad Little Boy
An ironic tale of a naughty child who doesn't quite get what he deserves.
Sadie and Maud
Two sisters live very different lives because of the choices they have made.