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.
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.
The Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments of the United States Constitution grant a number of freedoms to the federal government, the states, and the public.
A Modest Proposal
In this humorous satirical essay, Swift makes a ridiculous suggestion: that the nation of Ireland eat children in order to solve the poverty problem.
The Code of Hammurabi
An excerpt from the well-preserved document from ancient Babylonia consisting of 282 laws and corresponding punishments depending on social status
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
In 2013, locals in the Alabama community weighed in on this difficult debate about high school football.
Rebel With a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Psychology shows us patterns of rebellion in adolescence. But does that mean your identity is pre-defined?
The Road Not Taken
A man reflects on being at a crossroads. How has his decision shaped his identity and life?
Superman's Secret Identity
In the comic book series, Clark Kent is a newspaper reporter who transforms into Superman.
Stanley Tookie Williams III is the infamous leader of the Crips gang who later began writing children's books.
The idea that a person can have "another self" is a relatively new concept.
This famous poem deals with the tensions and questions of human existence.
The Nature vs. Nurture Debate
For years, scientists have been debating what causes people to have different personalities-- genetics or environment?