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.
Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
Barrett Smith discusses the 13-year-old activist and her campaign to collect books with black girls as the main characters.
The Curse Of The Inability To Imagine
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
This article questions whether it is possible to accurately understand the past or imagine the future due to present-day technology.
The Three Questions
A king tries to gain control over the future, which is unknown.
Things That Show and Things That Don't
This informational text explains how genes have dominant and recessive alleles that make everyone look different from their parents.
Excerpt from 'A Christmas Carol': The Second of the Three Spirits
In this, the third chapter of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge meets the second of three spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Present.
Two bitter enemies are trapped in the woods together, and the lines between friendship and enmity are tested.
America's Shifting Views on Immigration
In this text, the United States’ history of immigration is discussed, from immigrants’ original admittance through Ellis Island to the state of immigration in the United States today.
Jessica McBirney describes the life and accomplishments of Duke Ellington, an influential musician during the Harlem Renaissance.
Can We Cultivate Our Own Happiness?
Martin Seligman researches how people can be happier and has developed the field of “positive psychology.”
Barrett Smith discusses the life and contributions of the activist Malcolm X to the Civil Right Movement.
Learning How To Code-Switch: Humbling, But Necessary
In this informational text, Eric Deggans discusses how he communicates differently based on the situation and audience.
Scientists Reveal Three Keys to Happiness
Stephen and Rachel Kaplan’s study identifies three important elements for achieving happiness.
How Human Should A Gorilla Be?
Barbara J. King for NPR
This informational text discusses Koko, a gorilla who can communicate with humans using American Sign Language.
An Incredible Job: Being America’s President
This information text discusses the vast responsibilities of the President, a job that seems impossible for one person to handle.
The Open Window
An anxious man is prescribed rest for his nervous condition but encounters a devious host during his retreat.
Why are bees vanishing?
Alison Pearce Stevens
Scientists find a combination of threats that may explain declining honeybee populations.
Conflicting News Reports on the Fate of the Sinking Titanic
The two excerpts from two different newspapers were both written about the Titanic the day it sank.
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Dickinson calls public life "dreary" and takes pride in maintaining a private identity.