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 Emperor's New Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen
A vain emperor commissions two swindlers to make him clothes and gets tricked parading naked in the streets.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
A man with a magic pipe is hired to rid a town of rats. He takes revenge when a greedy mayor won't pay.
The Goose with the Golden Egg
A man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs.
Is There a Cheater's High?
Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D.
According to Dr. Romeo Vitelli, cheating (and getting away with it) may be a positive motivator.
The Guilty Party
The tragedy of Liz, a girl overcome with jealousy and driven to violence.
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are a set of Biblical principles that defined "right" and "wrong."
The Kohlberg Dilemmas
This American psychologist developed these moral dilemmas to determine his subject's stage of moral development.
The Ant and the Dove
A dove helps out an ant, and the ant stings the foot of a man when the dove is in trouble.
Edgar Allan Poe
The speaker, having gone mad by the loss of his lover, imagines he is visited by a talking raven.
Sonnet 18 is also known as, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
Excerpts from Jane Eyre
The plain governess named Jane falls in love with her employer, the master of the house.
Edgar Allan Poe
A sad speaker recounts the early romance of his now-dead lover, Annabel Lee.
The Lion in Love
A lion gives up everything in order to marry a woodcutter's daughter.
Echo and Narcissus
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
The classic tale of Narcissus, who falls in love with his own reflection in the water.
Adolescence and the Teenage Crush
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Dr. Carl Pickhardt delineates between "identity crushes" and "romantic crushes."
Ovid, translated by Anthony S. Kline
Pygmalion is a scupltor who falls in love with a woman he carved from stone.
Excerpts from Leviathan
This book established the concept of the "social contract."
John Locke argues that people must sacrifice some freedoms in order to live peacefully in society.
Fugitive Slave Act of 1793
The United States Congress
The Fugitive Slave Act granted slave owners the right to recover their run-away slaves.