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.
“Jabberwocky” tells the story of a boy who must follow his father’s advice as he encounters a creature called the Jabberwock.
Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues
Rob Stein, NPR's Morning Edition
A new genetic treatment that removes unwanted DNA from an embryo raises controversy.
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
This new Declaration of Independence isn’t so great, according to a loyal subject of Great Britain.
Excerpt from The Jungle
In this disturbing piece of political fiction, muckraker Upton Sinclair describes how the meatpacking industry benefits from its shockingly unsanitary practices.
The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion
A fox chooses to betray his friend, the donkey, to save himself from the lion.
A man tells some children a dark, but realistic story in which being good does not pay off.
The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling argues that is America's moral imperative to colonize and rule non-white nations.
The Legend of the Dipper
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl hurries to bring a dipper full of water to her mother.
Zora Neale Hurston
A lecherous man hopes that a rattlesnake will help him get rid of his wife.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
National Park Service
This informational text discusses the events that led up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Egyptian Social Structure
This informational text describes the social structure of ancient Egyptian civilization: from the gods and the godlike pharaoh on top to peasants and slaves on the bottom.
This informational text explores the various tiers of ancient Greek society, and how class and gender affected people’s daily lives in this classical civilization.
Fear Is Simple and Profound
Julia Butterfly Hill
Julia Butterfly Hill uses an extended metaphor to explain how fear hinders people from “trusting the great mystery within.”
The Daisy Girl Ad
In the 1964 Presidential campaign, incumbent LBJ ran a controversial advertisement.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpt from Chapter 1
In this excerpt from his autobiography, Douglass describes the horrifying abuse of Aunt Hester by the slave master.
In this classic Frost poem, a speaker questions the necessity of a dilapidated stone wall between his land and his neighbor's.
The Last Leaf
A young woman catches pneumonia and loses her will to live.