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.
Just Say No!
Jennifer Barefoot discusses colonial women’s role in the American Revolution.
Door to Freedom
After being forced from his home country of Hungary during wartime, Pal attempts to get immigration papers to go to America.
Origami — An Ancient Art
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski describes the ancient art of paper folding in Japan.
Mike Weinstein describes how colonists dumped tea from an English trade company into the Boston Harbor in 1773.
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.