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.
Diary of a Teenage Refugee
A 16-year-old Syrian girl living as a refugee in Lebanon tells about her experiences fleeing her home and living in a camp.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
A man is slowly driven mad by the sound of a beating heart under his floorboards.
Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive
According to new research, too much dependence on your smartphone isn't smart.
An Overview of the Great Depression
The Great Depression was a result of a variety of causes, and the period had a major impact on the United States.
On her birthday, a young girl is embarrassed when she is forced to wear a sweater that is not hers.
Life Isn't Fair — Deal With It
According to columnist Mike Myatt, "Fair is a state of mind, and most often, an unhealthy one."
Theseus and the Minotaur
A brave young Athenian prince vows to take on a monster who has been terrorizing the people of his city for years.
Emmett Till was murdered as a young boy, and this event helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
I Have a Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, King discusses the status of African Americans and what he hopes to see in the future.
The Most Dangerous Game
A big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.
The Road Not Taken
A man reflects on being at a crossroads. How has his decision shaped his identity and life?
The Scholarship Jacket
Marta is a straight-A student who has earned a scholarship jacket, but her financial situation – and an unjust school leader – may prevent her from receiving her reward.
At The Head of Her Class, and Homeless
Rashema Melson, a senior from Washington D.C., excelled in school despite the odds.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
In this playful poem, Silverstein uses an extended metaphor to capture the beauty of a child's imagination.
Who Was Anne Frank?
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text explores the events of World War II as experienced by a young Jewish girl.
Guy de Maupassant
A woman's dream of wearing a diamond necklace leads to a series of events that leave her in a life of poverty.
Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction
Shelby Ostergaard discusses traits of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.