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 Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.
Adolph Hitler’s violent pursuit of power and prejudiced beliefs against Jews have made him an infamous dictator in history.
Hello, My Name Is ______
Jason Kim discusses accepting his identity as a Korean American and his experiences assimilating into American culture.
The Great Depression
An exploration of the causes and effects of the Great Depression, and the economic and social reforms that helped bring America’s economy back on track.
We Real Cool
A group of young men at a pool hall don't care about responsibilities.
Burning a Book
This poem offers a reflection on the nature of censorship and the struggle between knowledge and ignorance.
O Captain! My Captain!
A sailor grieves the loss of his captain, who dies before the completion of their journey.
Stress for Success
Alison Pearce Stevens
Many view stress as a burden, but it can also be a useful emotion.
Don't Hate on the Trait
This informational text explains how genes and the environment interact to make people the way they are.
Excerpt from 'A Christmas Carol': Marley's Ghost
In the first chapter of A Christmas Carol, titled “Marley’s Ghost,” a greedy old miser by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge is visited in the night by an old friend, who warns him to change his ways before it is too late.
The Ants and the Grasshopper
After playing music all summer long, a grasshopper asks some ants for help.
Conformity is the act of matching one’s beliefs or actions to the norms of a larger social group.
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe
This is a classic and suspenseful tale of revenge told from the perspective of the murderer.
A Holocaust Survivor, Spared from Gas Chamber by Twist of Fate
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
In 1942, a young Polish boy was torn from the rest of his family - who were sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz - to work in a labor camp.
The Drive-In Movies
A boy describes his desire to go to the drive-in movies.
Junot Díaz explores his experiences with fear after being beat-up as an adolescent.
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
This article discusses the different types of interactions between diverse organisms.
Can Television Be Considered Literature and Taught in English Classes?
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the potential benefits and disadvantages of using television for teaching.
Study: ‘High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness’
A study explores the impact that money has on happiness.