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.
Issues with the Articles of Confederation
An enthusiastic narrator explains the Articles of Confederation: the first constitution of the original thirteen states of the United States.
Women in Ancient Rome
This informational text explores what it was like to be a woman living in Ancient Rome.
Heart to Heart
In this poem, Rita Dove reinvents a common symbol - the heart - and in doing so, shows us what it means to be human.
In this short story set in a gleaming technological future, a young person travels to see their first tree.
The Law of Life
An old man is left behind by his tribe to die of exposure. As he prepares for death, he reflects on a life spent fighting nature's brutal forces.
This informational text explains how teenage male elephants make the transition into adulthood.
War in Sudan
Jessica McBirney introduces the causes and effects of armed conflicts that go back decades in present-day Sudan and South Sudan.
Shoe Factory Horror
The Taney County Republican
"The Taney County Republican" reports on a deadly explosion at R. B. Grover & Cc. shoe factory.
The Worst Sin
On Judgment Day, God must evaluate the sins of multiple men, including one who showed complete indifference to the wrongdoing all around him.
The Ant and the Dove
A dove helps out an ant, and the ant stings the foot of a man when the dove is in trouble.
Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum
Acclaimed author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, speaks at the opening of Yad Vashem’s new Holocaust History Museum.
A speaker describes their outside face and their ‘underface.’
Where Did I Come From?
The informational text discusses how and why children take on the genetic characteristics of their parents.
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.
Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text discusses the treatment of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps and their eventual liberation.
Excerpt from Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist asks for more food in this excerpt from Charles Dickens’ classic.
Jessica McBirney describes the life and musical contributions of the famous trumpet player, Louis Armstrong.
Developing Civilization in Ancient Egypt
This article explains how ancient Egyptians developed a complex civilization that would last for thousands of years.
Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin
Famous for defecting from the Continental to the British Army, today, the name “Benedict Arnold” has become synonymous with treason and betrayal.