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.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
Michael Jordan: A Profile in Failure
In this article, Jeff Stibel discusses famous athlete Michael Jordan’s failures.
Why it matters that teens are reading less
Jean Twenge discusses how teenagers today are spending less time reading.
A Sound of Thunder
A man travels back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Little Things Are Big
Jesús Colón recalls a time when he chose not to assist a white woman who needed help on the subway.
The Story of Prometheus and Pandora's Box
A retelling of the classic tales of Prometheus and Pandora’s Box, changing the traditionally erudite and lofty tone of myth to one more relatable and down-to-earth.
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
Witchcraft in Salem
In 1692, mass hysteria gripped the town of Salem, Massachusetts, killing 20 people and creating what is now known as the Salem Witch Trials.
Edgar Allan Poe
The speaker, having gone mad by the loss of his lover, imagines he is visited by a talking raven.
First They Came…
This famous quotation was written by a Lutheran pastor who was plagued by guilt for not speaking up during the Holocaust.
Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?
This 2012 news article explores how the American criminal justice system handles cases in which adolescents have committed or been party to murder.
The Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed Exercise
After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., third grade teacher Jane Elliot conducted a social experiment.
Sonnet 18 is also known as, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
If We Must Die
A Harlem Renaissance poet discusses facing death and other obstacles with courage and dignity.
The Salem (and Other) Witch Hunts
Mike Kubic discusses the Salem witch trials and how they relate to other prejudiced hunts throughout history.
Welcome to the Underworld
Michael A. Signal
Hermes, messenger of the gods, gives a tour of the Underworld.
Adolph Hitler’s violent pursuit of power and prejudiced beliefs against Jews have made him an infamous dictator in history.
Act Your Age
A young girl is told over and over again to act her age.