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.
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.
A Prayer for the Living
A narrator searches for their loved-ones among the dead, the result of a war and famine.
Making college more affordable: The importance of pre-collegiate preparation
Reynold Verret discusses how we can make college more accessible for students of various social and economic backgrounds.
Jihyun Park: Defector. Refugee. Survivor. Freedom fighter for North Koreans
Anne Hannah Foong
Jihyun Park escaped North Korea and human trafficking to become an advocate for North Korean refugees.
Why it's time to lay the stereotype of the 'teen brain’ to rest
Dan Romer discusses teenagers’ risk-taking behavior.
Women's colleges play a unique role in quest for equality
Kimberly Wright Cassidy
Kimberly Wright Cassidy discusses the accomplishments of women’s colleges.
The myth of the college dropout
Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann
Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann discuss the success of college graduates and college dropouts.
Avoid high student debt and dropping out by asking these 4 questions about any college
Jake Murray discusses four important questions students should ask about any college they consider attending.
A boy tells his parents about the naughty actions of a classmate.
Eight reasons to not be spooked by spiders this Halloween
Lizzy Lowe provides eight reasons for why you shouldn’t be afraid of spiders.
Sí Se Puede!
Cesar Chavez was an important civil rights leader who fought for farm workers’ rights.
Making college more affordable: What needs discussing is the total cost of a degree
The president of Pennsylvania State University discusses how we can make college more affordable.
Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles
Adam Liptak and Ethan Bronner
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for juvenile offenders to be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without any chance of being free.
Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?
James Kuzner discusses the idea of love at first sight.
Coming of Age in North Korea
Fyodor Tertitskiy discusses the experiences of North Koreans in their adult lives.
Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, who lost her sister to a juvenile offender, discusses how young offenders should be sentenced.