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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.
Excerpt from Walden: “The Ponds”
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau describes Walden Pond.
Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself
Robert McMillan discusses Margaret Hamilton, a software engineer who helped man land on the moon.
Math Isn’t Just for Boys
Rachel Crowell discusses why girls pursue math-related activities and careers less often than boys.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes her feelings about her natural hair over the years.
Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan
Morning Edition, NPR
NPR discusses the positive impacts a dam has had on the shrinking Aral Sea and its surrounding communities.
Zombies are real!
Kathryn Hulick discusses real-life zombies and the organisms that control them.
For Teens, A Good Mood Depends on Good Sleep
Meenaskshi Prabhune discusses the amount of sleep teenagers should be get to be at their best.
A speaker is questioned about the darkness of their skin when they inquire about leasing an apartment.
On the Roof of the World
Benjamin Koch discusses his experiences staying with nomads in Tibet.
The Great Woolly Bear Hunt
Craig W. Steele
A speaker searches for a creature called a woolly bear.
This Father's Day, Remembering a Time When Dads Weren't Welcome in Delivery Rooms
Deena Prichep discusses a time when fathers were discouraged from being present for the birth of their children.
Immigrants in Our Own Land
Jimmy Santiago Baca
An immigrant dreams of a better life but encounters a disappointing reality instead.
Ghosts in Your Head
Kirsten Weir discusses how healthy brains can sometimes imagine certain sensations.
Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing
Elissa Nadworny discusses why teenagers are drawn to the genre of dystopian fiction.
A boy wants to be named the most valuable player during his basketball team’s championship game.
Francesca Lia Block
A blue creature appears before a young girl after her mother leaves.