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.
Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?
Experts and other interested parties meditate on current efforts to send a manned spacecraft to Mars.
Seven Decades On, Anne Frank’s Words Still Comfort
A young girl’s wartime diary is so poignant it still resonates today amongst those who struggle.
Sometimes, History is Sadness
This piece explores the human impact of the tragic historical events of September 11, 2001.
The Third Wave
In 1967, a history teacher's social experiment based on the leadership tactics of the Third Reich got out of control.
Mother and Daughter
A girl’s mother doesn’t have enough money to buy her a new dress for a school dance.
The Danger of a Single Story
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the impact stories can have in constructing our understanding of the world and people.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
Social media sites can act as "echo chambers" that primarily reinforce old cliques
This informational text discusses Alexander Hamilton’s life and contributions to the founding of the United States.
Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Malala Yousafzai receives the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for education.
From Slaves to Sharecroppers
After slavery was abolished, many former slaves returned to working in the fields as sharecroppers.
The Complexity of Fear
Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
In this heavily researched article, Dr. Mary C. Lamia delineates between anxiety and fear.
Little Red Riding Hood
The Brothers Grimm
A little girl meets a dangerous wolf on her way to her grandmother’s house.
Down the Rabbit Hole
In the opening chapter from Carroll's classic novel, Alice follows the frantic White Rabbit down into a fantasy world.
Showdown in Little Rock
This informational text explores the 1957 incident in Little Rock, Arkansas where white segregationists and the governor illegally tried to block black students from integrating into white schools.
How Autism Freed Me to be Myself
In this speech, 16-year-old Rosie King shares her experiences with autism and how it has allowed her to be true to herself.
'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'
This 2014 NPR piece describes the experiences and thoughts of men whose identities have been shaped by their time spent in prison.
Was It a Dream?
Guy de Maupassant
A grieving man visits the grave of his deceased lover, where he discovers an awful truth.
A Dead Woman's Secret
Guy de Maupassant
While mourning the passing of their saintly mother, a brother and sister uncover a shocking secret.
Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism
This article explores the culture of the ancient Greeks through the lens of their beliefs in gods and goddesses, and its influence on Western culture.