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.
A young mongoose faces two cobras to protect the people who are important to him.
Life After Sport
After retirement, high performance athletes are at risk for depression and loss of self-identity. What can be done to overcome this challenge?
American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality
Three years after the economic recession, Americans seem to be losing faith in the American Dream.
Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World’s Problems
Alexis Lewis is a teenage inventor who thinks more kids should be inventors.
Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith
Chief Powhatan addresses Captain John Smith about the violent relationship between the English settlers and the Powhatan people.
Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong?
An examination of the rationale behind “Stop and Frisk,” a controversial law enforcement tactic, and the impact of its decline.
Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech
Elie Wiesel accepts the Nobel Peace Prize and discusses how the world can achieve peace in the future.
The Little Red Hen
Florence White Williams
A hard-working Red Hen must balance being a mother to her chicks and planting wheat seeds, while three other lazy animals look on.
The Champion of Quiet
A girl who is always picked last in gym class volunteers to be a team captain.
This informational text details the controversial policies of Reconstruction after the American Civil War.
Hate Speech and the First Amendment
American Bar Association
This informational text discusses the debate between protecting freedom of speech and discouraging hate speech in the United States.
There Will Come Soft Rains
Nature is indifferent to the conflicts and suffering of mankind.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The speaker of the poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
Excerpt from The Harvest Gypsies
John Steinbeck discusses the role of migrant workers in California’s agriculture industry.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
One of the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity (especially during the Halloween season), this short story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman deals with themes of love, fear, gluttony, and truth.
Urban and rural food deserts contribute to obesity and unhealthy eating in the United States.
Different types of coping mechanisms can be used to deal with stress, which can yield both positive and negative results.
Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or 'Frankenfish'?
A new yet controversial technology makes it possible for companies to raise salmon that grow very fast.