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.
In this poem, the speaker describes his life at sea and why he desires to return to it.
Reliving the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Veterans History Project
An interview with a war veteran explores the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski interviews a Washington, D.C. city planner.
Excerpt from “The Overcoat”
In this excerpt from “The Overcoat,” a man attempts to work while his coworkers harass him.
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.
Conservation as a National Duty
President Theodore Roosevelt
Roosevelt argues that we have a moral imperative to conserve our diminishing supply of natural resources.
Some psychologists claim that recognizing your reflection in the mirror--which occurs at 6 months-- is the key to developing identity.
Getting to the Supreme Court
This article discusses how Supreme Court Justices and their cases are chosen, as well as their impact on the country.
How American Industry Won World War II
The role of American industry in securing victory for the Allies in World War II is explored in this article.
First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women
First Lady Hillary Clinton
In this speech, First Lady Hillary Clinton tells the United Nations that women’s rights are human rights.
Design Par Excellence
Lena Lambrinou discusses the temples constructed by the ancient Greeks.
A speaker is questioned about the darkness of their skin when they inquire about leasing an apartment.
Making college more affordable: What needs discussing is the total cost of a degree
The president of Pennsylvania State University discusses how we can make college more affordable.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
A 1920 experiment showed that classical conditioning could be used to create a phobia in humans.
Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers
Jim Sallis discusses some of the dangers presented by a new mode of transportation.
The Golden Age of MTV — And Yes, There Was One by NPR Staff
The television channel, MTV, has undergone serious changes since its beginnings of showing music videos.
Granuaile was a well-known female leader and pirate during the 16th century in Ireland.
Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself
Robert McMillan discusses Margaret Hamilton, a software engineer who helped man land on the moon.