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.
Why I teach math through knitting
Sara Jensen discusses teaching math through knitting.
Langston Hughes' hidden influence on MLK
Jason Miller discusses the influence that poet Langston Hughes had on Martin Luther King Jr.
Mentors play critical role in quality of college experience, new poll suggests
Leo M. Lambert, Jason Husser, and Peter Felten
Leo M. Lambert, Jason Husser, and Peter Felten discuss the benefits of having a mentor in college.
Why it matters that teens are reading less
Jean Twenge discusses how teenagers today are spending less time reading.
NOAA's Big Miracle Worker
Dave Withrow describes how he helped three gray whales trapped in ice in Alaska.
Concussion Prescription: A Year On The Bench For Youngsters?
Nancy Shute discusses a study that explores how long it takes people to recover from a concussion.
Does the Justice System Neglect Forgiveness?
Oriel FeldmanHall and Peter Sokol-Hessner
Oriel FeldmanHall and Peter Sokol-Hessner discuss alternatives to punishing criminals.
Experts Link Teen Brains' Immaturity, Juvenile Crime
Malcolm Ritter discusses the development of the teenage brain and juvenile crime.
Does Altruism Actually Exist?
Alice G. Walton
Alice G. Walton discusses a study that explores the link between selflessness and fairness in babies.
Revisiting Milgram’s Shocking Obedience Experiments
Nick Haslam and Gina Perry
Nick Haslam and Gina Perry revisit Stanley Milgram’s experiment about humans’ willingness to obey authority figures.
The Nigerian Prison System Is an Example of Why ‘Justice for All’ Remains Beyond Reach
Cynthia Okoroafor describes the Nigerian prison system.
Banana Threat: Attack of the Clones
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the threat to Cavendish bananas.
Twice I Walked With Dinosaurs
A speaker describes encounters with a baby shark and an alligator.
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Majority Opinion
Justice Abe Fortas
Justice Abe Fortas discusses the majority opinion in Tinker v. Des Moines: a landmark case for the constitutional rights to protest and to free speech for students in U.S. public schools.
A speaker describes their ancestors coming to America through Ellis Island.
For a North Korean refugee raising her kids in the UK, the past is never far
Jieun Baek speaks to a North Korean refugee about her experiences in North Korea and raising her kids in the United Kingdom.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A girl’s brother is arrested and sent to a corrupt prison in Nigeria.
The Red Bow
A father is devastated when his daughter is killed by a diseased dog.
The power of ‘like’
Alison Pearce Stevens
According to research, social media “likes” may have a greater impact on people than we realized.