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 Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
How Do I Look?
The text discusses the influences of nature and nurture on who a person becomes.
Propaganda: Battling for the Mind
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the purpose and history of propaganda and how it influences people.
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.
Allegory of the Cave
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a piece of philosophy explaining the importance of knowledge in society and for the human soul.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver’s perseverance and scientific ability are discussed in this instructive text.
The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster
In 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the remote Andes mountains, forcing the young men to resort to dire measures to survive.
In the 1970s, over a milion Americans went crazy for the pet rock trend.
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
A recent study shows that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
Victor Frankenstein’s creature confronts Frankenstein and demands that he listen to how he has suffered.
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
This informational text describes the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.
A Nation Divided: North vs. South
This informational text discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing forces during the American Civil War.
(love song, with two goldfish)
The speaker describes a love story between two goldfish in a fish bowl.
Who Is Katherine Johnson?
Katherine Johnson is an African American physicist and mathematician who worked on space missions during the early days of NASA.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
In this classic, oft-retold story, a poor shoemaker received a fortuitous visit from a group of elves.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Lee Duckworth
Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success.
Bullying in Early Adolescence
Dorothy L. Espelage
This research digest explores the roles that peers play in promoting bullying in adolescence, beyond the role of “bully” and “victim.”