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 1920 experiment showed that classical conditioning could be used to create a phobia in humans.
Love and Friendship
Brontë uses figurative language to argue that friendship - not love - is everlasting.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The famous poem that begins, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
Steve Jobs' Stanford University Commencement Speech
The late Steve Jobs discusses the challenges that ultimately shaped him into a successful entrepreneur.
The Gift of The Magi
A man and a woman sacrifice their most prized possessions to buy one another a Christmas gift.
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
In this poem, the speaker prefers nature to the astronomer's cold, organized lecture.
For King's Adviser, Fulfilling The Dream 'Cannot Wait'
Morning Edition looks back on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
What The New Ms. Marvel Means For Muslims in Comics
The new Ms. Marvel, a Muslim girl, is a complete deviation from the old one.
Cultural Common Ground Gets Harder To Come By
American culture is sliced up in so many different ways that what's popular with one group can go virtually unnoticed by another, writes Blair.
Army Eyes 3D Printed Food for Soldiers
3-D printing technology will make it possible for the army to print nutritious food for soldiers.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
Social media sites can act as "echo chambers" that primarily reinforce old cliques
Many Younger Facebook Users 'Unfriend' The Network
Some younger Facebook users report disillusionment with the social network.
Oldest Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110
Alice Herz-Sommer survived a Nazi concentration camp and lived happily until she died at age 110.
At The Head of Her Class, and Homeless
Rashema Melson, a senior from Washington D.C., excelled in school despite the odds.
Chernobyl: Interviews From Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area
Interviews That Matter
Chernobyl was the worst nuclear disaster in history.
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.