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.
'Day of Infamy' Speech
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, FDR delivered this speech to the nation.
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.
How Small Fibs Lead to Big Lies
Researchers test to see if telling small lies leads to telling bigger lies.
Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Barrett Smith discusses the role that women played in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Golden Touch
Hawthorne retells the myth of King Midas, whose lust for gold deprives him of what he most cherishes.
Rebel With a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Psychology shows us patterns of rebellion in adolescence. But does that mean your identity is pre-defined?
Death Marches in the Holocaust
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This text discusses the evacuations and marches that concentration camp prisoners were subjected to during the end of World War II.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a deadly industrial disaster caused by unsafe working conditions.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: Chapter 16
In his monologue, the monster scolds the scientist for letting power cloud his judgment.
I Hear America Singing
During the urbanization of America, Walt Whitman championed an America alive with nature, art, and the beauty of the human imagination.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
How the Internet Came to Be
Shelby Ostergaard explains how the Internet developed and how it works today.
The Blind Men and the Elephant
John Godfrey Saxe
A famous retelling of an Indian parable that deals with perception and the subjective nature of truth.
In this poem, a speaker describes the happiness he finds in eating a summer peach.
Woolly Mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning
Although woolly mammoths disappeared around 10,000 years ago, the discovery of a well-preserved carcass has sparked debate over whether or not extinct species should be brought back with modern technology.
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker uses a wide variety of figurative language to describe a snowstorm.
What Is Earth?
Earth’s makeup and movements affect life on the planet.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
In this poem the speaker empathizes with the experiences of a caged bird, using vivid imagery to illustrate its oppression.
The Story of the Bad Little Boy
An ironic tale of a naughty child who doesn't quite get what he deserves.