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.
Many U.S. Football players had brain disease, data show
Aimee Cunningham discusses the findings of a study that looks at football players’ brains after death.
Cesar Chavez: His Fight for the Farm Workers
Barbara Bloom discusses Cesar Chavez’s activism to protect the rights of farm workers.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The speaker of the poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
Play, Play Again
Ellen Braaf discusses the benefits that animals experience from playing.
Local Children's Reactions to 9-11 Tragedy
Young students discuss how their lives have been impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
Social media sites can act as "echo chambers" that primarily reinforce old cliques
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.
Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Barrett Smith discusses the role that women played in the Civil Rights Movement.
Excerpt from The Prince
Machiavelli discussed the value of cruelty and how it can be used to retain power.
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A woman professes her love to her husband.
A Retrieved Reformation
A notorious bank robber and lock-picker tries to escape his past and become a new man.
Set to Go
A person’s ability to master life skills correlates to their quality of life.
Marian Anderson was a popular African American singer who faced discrimination in the early 1900s.
A speaker describes Humpty Dumpty’s attempts to find safety under a chicken.
Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age
This myth is an account of the classic story of the battle between Jupiter, Saturn, and the Titans, retold in accessible language.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas' most famous poem, written for his dying father, in which he urges him to "rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Origami — An Ancient Art
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski describes the ancient art of paper folding in Japan.
The Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments of the United States Constitution grant a number of freedoms to the federal government, the states, and the public.
What a Pro Knows: Playing to Win
Christine Louise Hohlbaum
Christine Louise Hohlbaum discusses Tamika Catchings, a women’s national basketball star.