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.
J. Patrick Lewis
The poet assumes the voice of journalist and civil rights activist Helen Zia and explains how she uses words to share her perspective with others.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes her feelings about her natural hair over the years.
The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports
The director of the National Museum of the American Indian discusses why Native American motifs should not be used in sports.
My Lost Youth
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker remembers the vivid longings and wild emotions of his boyhood.
Dreams and Musical Feet
Daniel A. Kelin, II
Daniel A. Kelin, II discusses, S.B. Bhagyasree, a talented and young Bharata natyam dancer in India.
PLESSY NEARS ITS END
The New York Times
Sixty years after the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, an author evaluates the state of racial segregation in the United States.
Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death
This text tackles a topic that has fascinated the world for over a century — the life and death of Grigori Rasputin.
An Excerpt From The Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4
In this biblical tale, Cain commits the first murder of mankind.
Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice
The snobbish Lady Catherine de Bourgh visits Elizabeth to insult her social position and convince her not to marry Darcy.
Judge sentences youth offenders to chess, with promising results
Monique Sedgwick, Jeffrey MacCormack, and Lance Grigg
Researchers discuss the potential benefits of youth offenders participating in a chess program.
President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama
President Obama gives his 2015 State of the Union address, in which he discusses economic recovery and fairness.
Thomas Jefferson on Shays' Rebellion
In this letter, Jefferson argues that rebellion is necessary for the preservation of democratic societies.
The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Looks Like A Slum/Star Wars Mashup
Ari Shapiro interviews Ben Rawlence about the experiences of Somali refugees in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world.
To Those Who Keep Slaves, and Approve the Practice
Famous minister and abolitionist Richard Allen implores slave-owners and pro-slavery advocates to reconsider their stances.
Joshua J. Mark
This text details the life and leadership of the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra.
Stop the Atlantic Express!
Kate Sharp and Sarvinder Naberhaus
On July 6, 1881, Kate Shelley warned people about a washed-out railroad track to prevent a train from crashing.
A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General
Swift uses humor to show that even decorated generals cannot fight off death.
First Woman to Wear a Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later
Camila Domonoske discusses the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon in 1967.