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.
A teenage girl decides not to join her family on vacation.
A Quick Note on Getting Better at Difficult Things
Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses how to get better at a new or difficult skill and shares his own experiences.
Edgar Allan Poe
A sad speaker recounts the early romance of his now-dead lover, Annabel Lee.
A futurist society achieves equality at a steep cost.
Why Do People Follow The Crowd?
ABC's Primetime recreated two social experiments to understand why humans readily conform.
Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science
Jo Cutler, Robin Banerjee
Jo Cutler and Robin Banerjee discuss why being kind makes us feel good.
The Distracted Teenage Brain
Alison Pearce Stevens
A 2014 study reveals that teenage brains are more likely to be driven — and distracted — by rewards than adults'.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
This informational text discusses the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lasting contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
President Obama’s National Address to America’s Schoolchildren
President Barack Obama
President Obama speaks to students at Wakefield High School about the importance of education.
A boy is required to take an intelligence exam by the government once he turns 12 years old.
A boy tells his parents about the naughty actions of a classmate.
The Underground Railroad
This informational text provides a brief overview on the history and the impact of the Underground Railroad.
Adolescence and the Teenage Crush
Dr. Carl Pickhardt
Dr. Carl Pickhardt delineates between "identity crushes" and "romantic crushes."
The power of ‘like’
Alison Pearce Stevens
According to research, social media “likes” may have a greater impact on people than we realized.
Learning to Read
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
An African American child in 1872 describes what it was like to be discouraged from learning how to read.
Elie Wiesel’s “The Perils of Indifference” Speech
A Holocaust survivor discusses the consequences of acting indifferently towards human suffering.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
A classic poem packed with metaphors in which Frost depicts the fleeting nature of youth.
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
In these excerpts, the star-crossed lovers lament the family names that made them mortal enemies.