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 Sit-In Movement
Civil rights activists introduced this peaceful form of protesting in the South in the early 1960s
The Drive-In Movies
A boy describes his desire to go to the drive-in movies.
Junot Díaz explores his experiences with fear after being beat-up as an adolescent.
Total Control in North Korea
This article describes life in North Korea under totalitarian government rule.
Story of An Hour
This is a classic short story from the early feminist writer, Kate Chopin, in which a woman is overcome by the death of her husband.
You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience
According to a study published in Psychological Science, when we spend money on experiences rather than materials, it can indeed bring people joy.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text discusses the three main concentration camps of Auschwitz.
The Man in the Well
A group of children abandon a man to die in a well in this poignant portrayal of the cruelty of children.
Study: ‘High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness’
A study explores the impact that money has on happiness.
They're Made Out of Meat
Two aliens are faced with the dilemma of whether to interact with humans.
The Women of Hidden Figures
Jessica McBirney describes the life and accomplishments of three African American women who worked for NASA during the Space Race.
Tuesday of the Other June
Norma Fox Mazer
A young girl is bullied by someone with the same name.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
In 1971, psychologist Phillip Zimbardo conducted an experiment with Stanford students in an attempt to understand the atrocities committed by seemingly ordinary people during the Holocaust. The findings show how easily people conform to given roles of power.
Fastest Woman in the World
Pat Parker writes about Wilma Rudolph, the first woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics.
A lawyer and a banker make a bet that takes fifteen years to settle.
what love isn't
In this poem, Yrsa Daley-Ward explores characteristics of love not often discussed.
Your food choices affect Earth's climate
Janet Raloff discusses a study comparing the effects of different diets on global warming.
We Real Cool
A group of young men at a pool hall don't care about responsibilities.
The Masque of the Red Death
Edgar Allan Poe
Safe inside his home from a disease ravaging the country, Prince Prospero throws an extravagant party for his esteemed friends, only to receive an unexpected guest.