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.
The Brothers Grimm
A young woman makes a deal with a mysterious creature when she must spin straw into gold.
In Pakistan, a Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 in a Cowshed
When teachers in her impoverished rural village in Pakistan never showed up to work, 20-year-old Aansoo Kohli decided to take matters into her own hands.
Yul Kwon, From Bullying Target to Reality TV Star
Yul Kwon reflects on his decision to join the cast of Survivor, so that he could be the Asian-American role model he craved during his youth.
Many Younger Facebook Users 'Unfriend' The Network
Some younger Facebook users report disillusionment with the social network.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
In this poem, the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing about China.
J. Patrick Lewis
Written from the perspective of James Chaney, this poem describes being kidnapped by the KKK during the Freedom Summer.
Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois
These two excerpts capture the ideological debate about black social mobility after the Civil War.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
A speaker describes Joan Benoit’s win at the first-ever women’s marathon held at the Olympic Games.
The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe
In this story packed with Poe's signature brand of macabre and suspense, an unnamed narrator visits an old friend and finds a tale of horror within the decaying manor.
Oldest Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110
Alice Herz-Sommer survived a Nazi concentration camp and lived happily until she died at age 110.
Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 12
The final chapter of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this excerpt follows Alice back into the real world, reflecting on her incredible experiences in a land of nonsense.
Dancing Toward Dreams
This text describes the journey of Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.
U.S. Attacked; Hijacked Jets Destroy Twin Towers and Hit Pentagon in Day of Terror
N.R. Kleinfield reports on the 9/11 terrorist attacks the day after the events occurred.
'Enemies from Within' Speech
Senator Joseph McCarthy
In Senator Joseph McCarthy’s most famous speech, he condemns the threat of communism and accuses the state department of communist infiltration.
Andrew Jackson's Speech to Congress on 'Indian Removal'
President Andrew Jackson
The president announces the "benevolent" initiative to remove Native Americans from their homelands.
Superman's Secret Identity
In the comic book series, Clark Kent is a newspaper reporter who transforms into Superman.
A boy and his mother help a slave escape to the North.
This articles explains what capitalism is as well as some of the arguments for and against it.