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 article discusses the process of traveling to the American west as a pioneer during the 19th century.
Mrs. Pringle’s dinner party is derailed when some guests are unable to attend at the last minute.
Because I could not stop for death
The speaker takes a leisurely carriage drive with the figure of Death.
Echo and Narcissus
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
The classic tale of Narcissus, who falls in love with his own reflection in the water.
Baseball’s Girl Umpire
Amanda Clement was the first woman paid to umpire a baseball game in 1904.
5 Surprising Facts about the Refugee Crisis
Jason Beaubien discusses the refugee crisis, which has resulted in millions fleeing their home countries.
America's Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK
The Ku Klux Klan has experienced various waves of popularity and activity throughout history.
Stanley Tookie Williams III is the infamous leader of the Crips gang who later began writing children's books.
The Dancing Plague of 1518
In 1518, a French village broke out into sudden, violent dancing seemingly for no reason.
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.
Nazi Germany's 'Euthanasia' Program
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This short article details Nazi Germany’s program for killing sick, disabled, and elderly institutionalized people.
In this poem, the speaker reflects on how she saw her mother at different times in her life.
Things Get More Complicated When You’re Older
This informational text explains how living things create different types of cells to do different types of work.
Joan of Arc: France’s Young Tragic Hero
The story of how the young and courageous Joan of Arc led the French to victory against the English in the 1400s.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A woman professes her love to her husband.
Dance Mama Dance
In this poem, the speaker discusses his mother and his wish to see her dance.
Assassination of the President
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theatre. Lincoln would die the following day.
Barbara Radner describes how astronauts take food into space.