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.
Hooray for Us!
Connie Hurst Howard
In this text, a group of students comes together to clean up an old park.
Don’t Blame the Rats for Spreading the Black Death
Bethany Brookshire discusses new research on how the Black Death spread through Europe.
In this poem, a speaker describes the happiness he finds in eating a summer peach.
Earth Day Birthday
Jody Jenson Shaffer
A girl shares her birthday with Earth Day.
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.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
Cultural and political context is given for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most thorough and effective pieces of civil rights legislation in American history.
Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong?
An examination of the rationale behind “Stop and Frisk,” a controversial law enforcement tactic, and the impact of its decline.
The Rich Man and the Bundle of Wood
Maude Barrows Dutton
A rich man underpays a poor man who brings him wood.
Farming in Space
Amy Hansen discusses how scientists are working to grow food in space.
America's Most Infamous Hate Group: The KKK
The Ku Klux Klan has experienced various waves of popularity and activity throughout history.
A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine
In her youth, Queen Elizabeth II could fix a car and fulfill her princess duties.
Little Red Riding Hood
The Brothers Grimm
A little girl meets a dangerous wolf on her way to her grandmother’s house.
What do you want (really, really want) out of your college education?
Richard Gunderman discusses what a college education can provide for students.
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.
How Do I Look?
The text discusses the influences of nature and nurture on who a person becomes.
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.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
In this classic, oft-retold story, a poor shoemaker received a fortuitous visit from a group of elves.
Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World
Thornton W. Burgess
A group of animals search for the best thing in the world.