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.
This article discusses the infamous attacks on September 11, 2001, and the effects they continue to have on America today.
Strength in Numbers
This informational text discusses how different organisms are grouped together and contribute to the world.
Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman
Frederick Douglass writes a letter to Harriet Tubman praising her work in the abolitionist movement.
The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
Two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane.
The Life of Julius Caesar
The story of the rise of the famous Roman statesman and general to the position of dictator, and his subsequent betrayal and murder.
Julia Alvarez discusses the multiple names she has been given over the years.
Courage in Denmark: Resistance to the Nazis in WWII
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This article explores Danish resistance during the Holocaust in the context of global efforts to thwart the Nazis during World War II.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
What Teachers Make
A teacher is criticized for his profession and pushes back in this powerful poem.
Healing ‘Brick City’: A Newark Doctor Returns Home
A physician who grew up in a troubled neighborhood reflects on the trajectory of his life.
Let's See What You're Made Of
This text explores the world of cells, explaining how multicellular and unicellular organisms are composed.
The Frog and the Mouse
A frog betrays a mouse and finds himself in a bad situation because of it.
The Lady or the Tiger
Frank R. Stockton
A king delivers justice through chance, which proves to be a no-win situation for his daughter and her condemned love interest.
Paul Revere's Ride
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The legendary tale of Paul Revere celebrates the story of the night that sparked the American Revolution.
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
In this sonnet, McKay, a Harlem Renaissance poet, reveals his mixed feelings about living in "the land of the free."
To Build A Fire
A man ignores warnings and slowly freezes to death in the wilderness.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.
Excerpt from Trail of Tears Diary
Jobe Alexander & Mary Hill
Interviews with decendents of Native Americans who were on the Trail of Tears