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.
A man tells some children a dark, but realistic story in which being good does not pay off.
Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society
John H. Young
The author describes the proper roles that men and women must occupy.
Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues
Rob Stein, NPR's Morning Edition
A new genetic treatment that removes unwanted DNA from an embryo raises controversy.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A woman meets Prejudice, personified as a man, while walking on a mountain path.
Morning in the Burned House
A speaker imagines her childhood as a burned house.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
A classic poem packed with metaphors in which Frost depicts the fleeting nature of youth.
Making a Fist
Naomi Shihab Nye
A child has a realization about her own mortality.
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California
Chavez describes the terrible conditions for Mexican farm workers, and calls for change.
The Daisy Girl Ad
In the 1964 Presidential campaign, incumbent LBJ ran a controversial advertisement.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas' most famous poem, written for his dying father, in which he urges him to "rage, rage against the dying of the light."
A Chinese-American girl feels embarrassed by her family during dinner.
Confirming the Termination of Japanese Internment
President Gerald R. Ford
The president confirms the termination of Japanese internment, years after the end of WWII.
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Dickinson calls public life "dreary" and takes pride in maintaining a private identity.
Life Isn't Fair — Deal With It
According to columnist Mike Myatt, "Fair is a state of mind, and most often, an unhealthy one."
The author reviews three techniques that make individuals comply.
Answer to A Child's Question
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love is simple, good, and pure in this Romantic poem.
Psychologist Carl Rogers explains how self-perception can shape a person’s identity.
Thomas Jefferson on Shays' Rebellion
In this letter, Jefferson argues that rebellion is necessary for the preservation of democratic societies.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
In 1971, psychologist Phillip Zimbardo conducted an experiment with Stanford students in an attempt to understand the atrocities committed by seemingly ordinary people during the Holocaust. The findings show how easily people conform to given roles of power.