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 Founding of American Democracy
This informational text explains how America’s Founding Fathers created a government, described in the Constitution, for the newly independent United States.
A Teen and A Trolley Reveal Society's Dark Side
A high school senior's social science experiment reveals society's ugly hidden biases.
The Treasure of Lemon Brown
Walter Dean Myers
A boy meets an old man who will protect his treasure at all costs.
A boy hopes to impress the new girl at school by beating her at a game of racquetball.
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.
A Poison Tree
In this poem, a speaker allows their hatred and anger to grow, like a poisonous tree.
what love isn't
In this poem, Yrsa Daley-Ward explores characteristics of love not often discussed.
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
A Cobra in the Garden
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
A woman who lived in Borneo shared her experiences observing a cobra who lived in her garden.
What is an Eclipse?
The movement of celestial bodies are responsible for the lunar and solar eclipses we witness.
RFK’s Speech Following the Death of MLK
Senator Robert F. Kennedy
In this speech, Senator Robert F. Kennedy encourages the nation to unite and heal following Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text discusses the three main concentration camps of Auschwitz.
The House Dog and The Wolf
An adaptation of a classic fable in which a hungry wolf decides, "Lean freedom is better than fat slavery."
The Crow and the Pitcher
A thirsty crow is desperate for a drink of water.
What Fear Can Teach Us
Karen Thompson Walker
In this speech, Karen Thompson Walker discusses how fear impacts the decisions we make.
The Roaring Twenties
The 1920s were an exciting time for the United States that eventually led to the Great Depression in the 1930s.
Puritan Laws and Character
Henry William Elson
A historian describes the culture and laws of Puritan society in 17th and 18th century New England.
Presented in both English and Spanish, this poem describes the desire to be a weed rather than a flower.
Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin
Margot Adler discusses the influential, but little known, contributions of Claudette Colvin to the Civil Rights Movement.