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.
The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling argues that is America's moral imperative to colonize and rule non-white nations.
Why Do We Hate Love?
Robert Firestone, Ph.D.
Loving another person and accepting love from another person can be a painful experience.
The Role Reverser: Growing Up Too Soon
Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.
In this article, Dr. Gregory L. Jantz tells us a story of boy named Adam who "grew up too soon" after his parent's divorce.
The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion
A fox chooses to betray his friend, the donkey, to save himself from the lion.
America the Beautiful
Katharine Lee Bates
This famous American patriotic song captures the vision of America a century ago.
Two Finalists Vie To Be 'Master Chef Junior'
David Greene (Host)
'Master Chef Junior' finalists set a good example for adult counterparts in final competition.
Excerpt from Walden: “Economy”
Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau was an avid nature-lover and questioned the value of integrating technology into society.
Thousands of Years from Now
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen imagines what the future will be like.
Conformity is the act of matching one’s beliefs or actions to the norms of a larger social group.
Soccer games have long been associated with violence and delinquent behavior.
First They Came…
This famous quotation was written by a Lutheran pastor who was plagued by guilt for not speaking up during the Holocaust.
The Third Wave
In 1967, a history teacher's social experiment based on the leadership tactics of the Third Reich got out of control.
This text provides an overview of when and how individuals give in to herd behavior.
In the 1970s, over a milion Americans went crazy for the pet rock trend.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
“Keeping up with the Joneses” describes the social phenomenon in which people try to “keep up” with the wealth and social status of their peers.
We Shall Overcome Speech
President Lyndon B. Johnson
This rousing speech, delivered just after "Bloody Sunday," led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
The famous revolutionary speech that incited Virginia to organize a militia against British tyranny
I am the people, the mob
In this poem, humanity's ability to organize and incite social change is personified.
Marshall Plan Speech
George Catlett Marshall
A speech outlining the plan to rebuild Europe after the devastation of WWII