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 Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
A man is slowly driven mad by the sound of a beating heart under his floorboards.
Everyone succumbs to the unbridled power of fear, which takes the shape of a pigeon in this classic story.
I Hear America Singing
During the urbanization of America, Walt Whitman championed an America alive with nature, art, and the beauty of the human imagination.
Out Where the West Begins
Arthur Chapman wrote this poem in 1917 in response to some Western governors who were having a dispute over which states should be considered "The West."
From 'The World Before Him'
Horatio Alger, Jr.
This American fable captures the hopeful vision of success for the "everyman" in America's Gilded Age.
The Declaration of Independence
Following a series of abuses from King George III, the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain through this document.
JFK's 'Race to Space' Speech
President John F. Kennedy
In 1962, the prospect of being the first nation to land on the moon was central to American exceptionalism.
'Day of Infamy' Speech
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, FDR delivered this speech to the nation.