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.
How did Greeks and Romans Write?
Angela Murock Hussein
Angela Murock Hussein discusses writing during ancient Greek and Roman times.
Adhesive from trees could make tape more eco-friendly
Tyler Berrigan discusses a new type of glue for tape that comes from trees.
The Code of Hammurabi
An excerpt from the well-preserved document from ancient Babylonia consisting of 282 laws and corresponding punishments depending on social status
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A girl’s brother is arrested and sent to a corrupt prison in Nigeria.
Dust of Snow
A speaker describes snow falling on them from a tree branch.
How far away was that lightning?
Becky Bolinger discusses how you can tell how far away lightning is.
The Last Leaf
A young woman catches pneumonia and loses her will to live.
Daughter of Invention
A girl who has recently moved from the Dominican Republic to America prepares a speech to present in front of her school.
Shakespeare: Who Was The Bard?
Mia Hodorovich discusses theories that question the true authorship of William Shakespeare’s works.
Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells
Rob Stein and Michaeleen Doucleff
This article discusses advancements in the field of stem cell research as of 2013 — and the ethical questions accompanying them.
There Will Come Soft Rains
Nature is indifferent to the conflicts and suffering of mankind.
Court Rejects New York City's Portion Cap for Sugary Drinks
Dr. Lisa Firestone
Dr. Firestone, a health advocate, summarizes the Court of Appeals ruling rejecting the proposed soda ban.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a deadly industrial disaster caused by unsafe working conditions.
Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered
This informational text provides insight into the historical rise of Joseph Stalin, one of the most brutal tyrants in Soviet and world history.
The Rush of Immigrants
This informational text describes the tide of new immigrants to the United States from the mid-1800s to the 1920s.
Columbus and the Egg
In this story, explorer Christopher Columbus teaches his critics a lesson about discovery.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
A Confederate sympathizer is hanged by Union soldiers.