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 best way to deal with failure
Selin Malkoc discusses how people deal with failure.
Earthlings, Meet Venus
Rachel Slivnick describes what it’s like on Venus.
Students Identify With 50-Year-Old Supreme Court Case
Nina Totenberg discusses a re-enactment of the famous Supreme Court case, Tinker v. the Des Moines Independent Community School District.
Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals
Christopher Joyce discusses the discovery of cave art that may have originated from Neanderthals.
Fun and Games
Kelsie Ingham describes the games and sports that Native American children played.
The Quake That Shook Up Geology
Beth Geiger discusses the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964.
Concussion: More Than “Getting Your Bell Rung”
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the extent of the damage athletes can suffer when they experience a concussion.
Excerpt from “The Overcoat”
In this excerpt from “The Overcoat,” a man attempts to work while his coworkers harass him.
Why there's no place like home for the holidays
Frank T. McAndrew
Frank T. McAndrew discusses why people come home for the holidays.
Shakespeare had fewer words, but doper rhymes, than rappers
Hugh Craig discusses how William Shakespeare’s vocabulary compares to other playwrights and popular rappers.
The Legacy of William Shakespeare
Mia Hodorovich discusses the legacy of the playwright William Shakespeare.
God Sees the Truth, But Waits
Leo Tolstoy translated by Aylmer Maude
A man is sent to prison after he is convicted for a crime he didn’t commit.
Inside North Korea's literary fiction factory
Meredith Shaw discusses the literary fiction produced by North Korea’s regime.
The Truman Doctrine Speech
President Harry S. Truman
President Truman asks the Congress for the resources to aid Greece and Turkey during the Cold War.
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.
Giant Volcanoes Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice
Beth Geiger discusses 91 volcanoes discovered below the Antarctic ice sheet.
Coming: The Sixth Mass Extinction?
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the potential for a sixth mass extinction to take place.
From “The Wild Horses of Assateague Island”
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Wild horses continue to roam on Assateague Island, in the United States.
Excerpt from Bleak House
In this excerpt from Bleak House, a man asks the narrator to pay his debt.