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.
This informational text explores the various tiers of ancient Greek society, and how class and gender affected people’s daily lives in this classical civilization.
It’s For You to Know That You Forgive, Says Holocaust Survivor
NPR, "All Things Considered"
Holocaust survivor Eva Kor meets former Nazi on trial, and offers powerful words about forgiveness, taking back power, and how to move forward.
Paul Revere's Ride
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The legendary tale of Paul Revere celebrates the story of the night that sparked the American Revolution.
A brother and a sister visit their great-grandmother in a nursing home.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Tony Medina explores the importance of poetry to Langston Hughes.
Can We Cultivate Our Own Happiness?
Martin Seligman researches how people can be happier and has developed the field of “positive psychology.”
Smartphones Put Your Privacy At Risk
Maria Temming discusses how smartphones can present a threat to your privacy.
Because I could not stop for death
The speaker takes a leisurely carriage drive with the figure of Death.
The First Flag
Betsy Ross’s fellow seamstress recounts her experiences helping Ross make the first flag of the United States.
A Modest Proposal
In this humorous satirical essay, Swift makes a ridiculous suggestion: that the nation of Ireland eat children in order to solve the poverty problem.
A Nation Divided: North vs. South
This informational text discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing forces during the American Civil War.
Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases
Ida B. Wells
This excerpt discusses the injustice and horrors of Southern lynch laws, focusing especially on the violence enacted against African Americans following the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.
The Sign of the Cat
A boy’s grandmother opens their home to those in need.
A Matter of Taste
Jeanne Miller explains how humans taste different flavors.
The Story Behind Your Dreams
Ben Slivnick discusses why humans dream.
America and I
A new immigrant tells of her struggles trying to achieve the American dream.
A Rose for Emily
After the death of Miss Emily Grierson, the people of Jefferson, Mississippi uncover a dark history in this classic piece of Southern Gothic.