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.
Rosie the Riveter
Barrett Smith discusses the origins of Rosie the Riveter and the effect she has had on women in the United States.
Life on Reservations
This informational text explores the history of reservations, as well as the quality of life of Native Americans living on them today.
Money Tells a Story
John Jones found Confederate money that showed slaves smiling as they worked and wondered why.
The Scientific Method
Barrett Smith outlines the steps and significance of the scientific method.
Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego
This famous theory of the structural model of the human psyche posits that humans are controlled by their unconscious mind.
In this poem, the speaker proclaims the depth of their love.
On a Mountain Trail
Harry Perry Robinson
A suspenseful story in which two men are chased by hungry wolves on a forest mountain trail.
The Emancipation Proclamation
President Abraham Lincoln
This famous document made abolishing slavery an explicit goal of the Civil War.
“Three Types of Friendship” — Excerpt from The Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle describes three different types of friendship and which is the most valuable.
A girl wants to get even with her friend after she is treated unkindly.
Cracking Code Purple
Anna Ouhchy discusses the discovery made by a female code breaker during World War II.
Farming in Space
Amy Hansen discusses how scientists are working to grow food in space.
FDR's First Inaugural Address
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
With the nation in the grips of the Great Depression, our 32nd President announces "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Should We Terraform Mars?
Paul Scott Anderson
Paul Scott Anderson discusses whether or not humans should attempt to alter Mars to be habitable for humans.
A Jury of Her Peers
When a local man is mysteriously murdered, the men investigating assume that little can be learned from listening to the valuable insight of their wives.
The Guilty Party
The tragedy of Liz, a girl overcome with jealousy and driven to violence.
A young girl is asked to babysit in this coming-of-age story.
Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills
Brian Clark Howard
Brian Clark Howard discusses how a switch to wireless chargers could have a positive effect on the environment.
The Keys of Destiny
A woman tells a king a story about a man who discovers the Keys of Destiny, which cause him misery and suffering.