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 Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker
This informational text asks students to imagine what it would be like to live as a worker during the U.S. Industrial Revolution.
What Is a Spacewalk?
Spacewalks are when astronauts leave their spacecraft and work in space.
A Holocaust Survivor, Spared from Gas Chamber by Twist of Fate
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
In 1942, a young Polish boy was torn from the rest of his family - who were sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz - to work in a labor camp.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences
The Onion Staff
In this humorous article, a wealthy teenager uses his wealth and connections to escape charges for causing a terrible drunk driving accident.
On the internet, people can create false identities and personas.
Into the Rapids
Bradford H. Robie
A boy falls into the river during a rafting trip.
Getting Started on Saving the Everglades
Humans have had a complicated relationship with the Florida Everglades for over 100 years.
Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits
Katherine Harmon discusses the effects of head injuries on the teenage brain.
Soccer Speaks Many Languages
Dianna Greers discusses why soccer is important to Innocent Ndayizeye, as a young refugee.
This article discusses the infamous attacks on September 11, 2001, and the effects they continue to have on America today.
A boy must act quickly when he hears a tornado warning.
The House Dog and The Wolf
An adaptation of a classic fable in which a hungry wolf decides, "Lean freedom is better than fat slavery."
How to Identify and Manage Emotions
Set to Go
Identifying and managing emotions can be helpful in many different situations.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
The famous revolutionary speech that incited Virginia to organize a militia against British tyranny
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.
Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation
The United States’ history of owning slaves in the South to work on plantations is discussed.
Athena and the Dandelions
A Greek American girl and her family collect dandelions for dinner.