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 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.
The Four Dragons
Four dragons work to help people suffering from a drought.
A boy agrees to meet one of his classmates at a castle, not knowing what to expect.
A Teen and A Trolley Reveal Society's Dark Side
A high school senior's social science experiment reveals society's ugly hidden biases.
Learning about the Solar System
Barbara Radner discusses what scientists know about our solar system.
What Fear Can Teach Us
Karen Thompson Walker
In this speech, Karen Thompson Walker discusses how fear impacts the decisions we make.
Puritan Laws and Character
Henry William Elson
A historian describes the culture and laws of Puritan society in 17th and 18th century New England.
The Legend of Oedipus
The legend of Oedipus is a telling myth about the perils of testing fate.
About Treacher Collins Syndrome
This informational text provides information about the genetic condition, Treacher Collins Syndrome, that effects the main character of Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
Teaching Shakespeare in a Maximum Security Prison
In this interview, Professor Laura Bates discusses her decision to teach Shakespeare in a maximum security prison as a way of educating inmates—and discovering new insights into the Bard’s drama.
Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin
Margot Adler discusses the influential, but little known, contributions of Claudette Colvin to the Civil Rights Movement.
The Lion and the Mouse
A classic fable in which a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.
More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study
A Cornell sociologist conducted a study that suggested social networks may not be fulfilling our deeper social needs.
'Couch potatoes' tend to be TV-energy hogs
Kathiann Kowalski discusses how heavy television watching wastes electricity and contributes to global warming.
I Am Very Real
When a North Dakota school board burned copies of Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut responded with a letter.
Inspired by Jean Toomer’s poem “Storm Ending,” this poem compares a new day to a storm.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A woman meets Prejudice, personified as a man, while walking on a mountain path.