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.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
The Third Wish
A man asks for three wishes after saving a swan that happens to be the King of the Forest.
Emma Watson’s United Nations: “HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too” Speech
Emma Watson launches the UN Women campaign for ending gender inequality: HeForShe.
Who Is Katherine Johnson?
Katherine Johnson was an African American physicist and mathematician who worked on space missions during the early days of NASA.
Julia Alvarez discusses the multiple names she has been given over the years.
After Twenty Years
After twenty years of silence, a policeman meets an old friend who is a wanted criminal in Chicago.
Don't Hate on the Trait
This informational text explains how genes and the environment interact to make people the way they are.
Toni Cade Bambara
A girl takes her brother to a track race she’s participating in.
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.
The Founding of American Democracy
This informational text explains how America’s Founding Fathers created a government, described in the Constitution, for the newly independent United States.
Chocolate from Children
Children in West Africa pick the cocoa beans that make chocolate.
William Ernest Henley
A passionate cry of resilience: "I am the master of my fate, / I am the captain of my soul."
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
This informational text explores how Rosa Parks’ decision not to give up her seat on a bus helped start a revolution.
Steve Jobs' Stanford University Commencement Speech
The late Steve Jobs discusses the challenges that ultimately shaped him into a successful entrepreneur.
RFK’s Speech Following the Death of MLK
Senator Robert F. Kennedy
In this speech, Senator Robert F. Kennedy encourages the nation to unite and heal following Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
Do What You Can
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
One raindrop wants to help a farmer water his crops.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (254)
Dickinson metaphorically represents “hope” as a bird that “perches on the soul.”
Psychologist Carl Rogers explains how self-perception can shape a person’s identity.
Lessons from failure: Why we try, try again
Bethany Brookshire discusses a study that explores what prompts people to try again after a failure.