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.
What is a Robonaut?
Robots may soon be working alongside astronauts in space.
Think journalism’s a tough field today? Try being a reporter in the Gilded Age
Randall S. Sumpter
Randall S. Sumpter discusses journalism practices during the late 19th century in America.
The US has become a nation of suburbs
Christopher Boone discusses the trend of suburban living in America.
Many U.S. Football players had brain disease, data show
Aimee Cunningham discusses the findings of a study that looks at football players’ brains after death.
Don’t Blame the Rats for Spreading the Black Death
Bethany Brookshire discusses new research on how the Black Death spread through Europe.
Explainer: What is dopamine?
Bethany Brookshire discusses the importance of dopamine, a chemical in the brain.
Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park
A speaker describes driving with his father.
Shirley Chisholm's Presidential Announcement Speech Transcript
Shirley Chisholm, an African American woman, announces her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1972.
Why do volcanoes erupt?
Heather Handley discusses why volcanoes erupt.
The Scientific Method
A speaker describes Thomas Edison’s laboratory and his work.
The Four Dragons
Four dragons work to help people suffering from a drought.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
How Salt Shook an Empire
Sara Wilson Etienne
In 1930, the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi protested the British Empire by walking to the sea and gathering his own salt.
Excerpt from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
British Colonial Christian preacher, Jonathan Edwards, describes hell as a real place.
A boy is required to take an intelligence exam by the government once he turns 12-years-old.