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.
Giving Thanks for Hanukkah
This text explains why Hanukkah doesn’t appear to fall on the same day every year and explores the qualities of different calendars.
Can You Still Have Hope When Life Seems Hopeless?
Ashley Westerman discusses the hopes of the Rohingya refugees who have been forced to flee to Bangladesh to avoid persecution.
The Lost Generation
This informational piece about prominent literary figures of the “Lost Generation” offers insight into the cultural and political factors that motivated their behavior.
Dulce et Decorum Est
The horrors of chemical warfare during World War I are described in this gripping poem.
Ancient Egyptian Dynasties
The rise and fall of numerous Egyptian dynasties are explained.
The Sign of the Cat
A boy’s grandmother opens their home to those in need.
Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys
In order to escape unjust treatment due to their gender, girls in Afghanistan dress as boys in a cultural practice known as “bacha posh.”
The Faith Cure Man
Paul Laurence Dunbar
A poor mother refuses to give up on her ailing daughter, and turns to a spiritual healer when a doctor tells her there is nothing left to do.
Anti-Jewish Legislation in Prewar Germany
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This article details the rise of anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany throughout the 1930s.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Tony Medina explores the importance of poetry to Langston Hughes.
A family has a meal following the death of the speaker's father.
Speech on Slavery
Lincoln makes a case for free labor over "the great curse" of slavery.
Ovid, translated by Anthony S. Kline
Pygmalion is a scupltor who falls in love with a woman he carved from stone.
The Aztecs sacrificed people for a variety of reasons and through various methods.
Danish Resistance During the Holocaust
Hans Holmskov Schlüter
During the Holocaust, some people in German-controlled Denmark fought against the violent actions and policies put in place by the Nazi party.
At Your Fingertips
Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses the benefits of the National Weather Service.
Water Scarcity: A Global Issue
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the various factors that contribute to water scarcity around the globe.
Japanese Relocation during World War II
This informational text discusses the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
How I Found True Love in an Arranged Marriage
Surabhi Surendra tells the story of how she fell in love with her husband in an arranged marriage.