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 Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed Exercise
After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., third grade teacher Jane Elliot conducted a social experiment.
Exodus 1: Israelites Oppressed
An account of the enslavement of the Israelites in ancient Egypt by the Pharoh
Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice
The snobbish Lady Catherine de Bourgh visits Elizabeth to insult her social position and convince her not to marry Darcy.
A man known only as "the boss" tortures a fly because he feels powerless about his son's death.
Excerpt from The Prince
Machiavelli discussed the value of cruelty and how it can be used to retain power.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: Chapter 16
In his monologue, the monster scolds the scientist for letting power cloud his judgment.
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.