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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.
Giant Volcanoes Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice
Beth Geiger discusses 91 volcanoes discovered below the Antarctic ice sheet.
I like to see it lap the Miles
A speaker depicts the arrival of the "iron horse," or railroad engine and its train.
President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points
President Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson’s famous “Fourteen Points” were a statement of Wilson’s beliefs about how to bring an end to World War I and to prevent war in the future.
The Man of the Crowd
Edgar Allan Poe
An unnamed narrator spots a man in a crowd, and follows this mysterious man throughout the crowded streets of London.
Excerpt from Honky
Sociologist Dalton Conley reflects in this excerpt from his book on his status as a white middle-class man having grown up in a lower-income community of color.
Opposition to the Women's Rights Movement
This piece was written as a rebuttal to Dr. Dewey, who, in defense of women’s rights, denied Biblical justification for the subjugation of women.
Rethinking One of Psychology's Most Infamous Experiments
Cari Romm reexamines Milgram’s shocking experiments regarding human obedience.
What happened at Ball’s Bluff?
The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, an early battle of the Civil War, is examined.
The speaker of the poem reflects on the faith placed in science in the modern world.
Pasha’s First Yom Kippur
Carol Coven Grannick
A boy prepares to celebrate his first Yom Kippur and must apologize to a neighbor.
Building a Borderless World
This article discusses the impetus for and impact of the growing trend of worldwide globalization.
Everyone succumbs to the unbridled power of fear, which takes the shape of a pigeon in this classic story.
Hoover: Feeding the Starving Victims of World War I
This informational text explains how Herbert Hoover organized relief for those suffering from food shortages caused by World War I.
Here We Aren't, So Quickly
Jonathan Safran Foer
In this avant-garde short story, a man reflects on his life and his relationship with his family.
Agreement Between the U.S. and the Spokane Indians
Digital Public Library of America
This document outlines the agreement between the U.S. government and the Spokane Indians to relocate them to a reservation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Letters from Wilbur Wright
It took an extraordinary amount of persistence, commitment, and attention to detail for Orville and Wilbur Wright to design and launch the first successful airplane.
The Taming of the Shrew-Induction 1.12
In this Gary Soto poem, the speaker describes what he would do for his love.
Key Black Leader Turns 60 On South Africa Prison Isle
John F. Burns
John F. Burns discusses Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island for his actions against South Africa’s government.
The Missouri Compromise
This informational text discusses the controversial decision to admit Missouri to the U.S. as a slave state.