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.
Scientists confirm ‘greenhouse’ effect of human’s CO2
Thomas Sumner discusses a study on the effects of CO2 emissions.
The Sparrow's Quest
A sparrow goes on a journey to find the most powerful thing on earth.
What is an Eclipse?
The movement of celestial bodies are responsible for the lunar and solar eclipses we witness.
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.
Sir Francis Bacon
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.
Joan of Arc: France’s Young Tragic Hero
The story of how the young and courageous Joan of Arc led the French to victory against the English in the 1400s.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
National Park Service
This informational text discusses the events that led up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Seeing Through Dorothea's Eyes
Sudipta Bardhan describes the life and work of the famous photographer, Dorothea Lange.
Guy de Maupassant
A man bargains with a nurse about attending to his dying mother.
Will the 'right' college major get you a job?
Glenn Altschuler discusses how important the major you choose in college is to your success after college.
The Cave That Talked
Jyoti Singh Visvanath
A lion waits in a cave to eat a jackal.
Excerpt from The Jungle
In this disturbing piece of political fiction, muckraker Upton Sinclair describes how the meatpacking industry benefits from its shockingly unsanitary practices.
What Is the International Space Station?
The International Space Station is a spacecraft that allows for humans to live in space.
J. Patrick Lewis
Written from the perspective of James Chaney, this poem describes being kidnapped by the KKK during the Freedom Summer.
How the Stories Came to Be
Mabel Powers retells a folktale about the beginning of stories.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Psychologist Abraham Maslow suggested that human beings are driven by a progression of universal needs.
Sí Se Puede!
Cesar Chavez was an important civil rights leader who fought for farm workers’ rights.
Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by Mark Musa and Peter Bondanella
In an ironic twist of fate, a man loses everything for his love of a beautiful and wealthy woman.
Twice I Walked With Dinosaurs
A speaker describes encounters with a baby shark and an alligator.