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.
From Africa to America
Eric Arnesen provides information about the slaves who were brought from Africa to America.
Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker
Felix Contreras interviews his father about his experiences as a migrant worker.
The War Works Hard
In this satirical poem, a speaker remarks on the impressive diligence of war and its effects, from "provid[ing] food for flies" to "invigorat[ing] the coffin makers."
Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith
Chief Powhatan addresses Captain John Smith about the violent relationship between the English settlers and the Powhatan people.
Dirty Air Can Harm Your Brain and Stress the Body
Lindsey Konkel describes the dangerous effects of air pollution on the body and mind.
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.
Is There a Cheater's High?
Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D.
According to Dr. Romeo Vitelli, cheating (and getting away with it) may be a positive motivator.
Will We Know Alien Life When We See It?
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses what life on other planets might look like.
Sadie and Maud
Two sisters live very different lives because of the choices they have made.
Athens vs. Rome
Chaddie Kruger discusses Athens’ and Rome’s shift to democracy.
The myth of the college dropout
Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann
Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann discuss the success of college graduates and college dropouts.
What We Eat Is Who We Are
Prana Joy Mandoe
In this informational text, Prana Joy Mandoe discusses traditional Hawaiian foods.
The Smell of Rain
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator describes being able to smell oncoming rain.
Alice Coachman Jumps for the Sky
Barbara Kramer discusses Alice Coachman, a high jump legend.
The Story of the Bad Little Boy
An ironic tale of a naughty child who doesn't quite get what he deserves.
East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A young girl shares the experience of having her hair braided by her mother.
Lather and Nothing Else
A nervous barber shaves a military captain.
Women in Ancient Rome
This informational text explores what it was like to be a woman living in Ancient Rome.