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 Bill of Rights in a Changing America
The Bill of Rights continues to be a guiding document for the Supreme Court’s decisions, despite its old age.
She was paralyzed by gun fire as a child in Dorchester. Now she's graduating from high school
Laura Crimaldi describes the experiences and character of a young girl who was hit by a stray bullet when she was only three-years-old.
Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others
Kendra Cherry discusses psychologists’ theories about why people act in unselfish ways.
What is it about yawning?
Christine Calder discusses what causes us to yawn.
Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers
Jim Sallis discusses some of the dangers presented by a new mode of transportation.
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.