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.
On the internet, people can create false identities and personas.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A woman meets Prejudice, personified as a man, while walking on a mountain path.
Plessy vs. Ferguson
Plessy v. Ferguson was a court case that challenged racial segregation in public areas in the 1890s.
The Limits of Empathy
David Brooks discusses what it means to be empathetic and whether or not empathy influences our actions.
Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century
This informational text describes the hard lives of Mexican-Americans and immigrants who became migrant workers throughout the 20th century in the United States.
During World War II, a group of African American pilots were critical to the success of the U.S. Army, and their accomplishments led to the desegregation of the military.
The fear of communism spread throughout the United States during the Cold War and this led to unfair treatment of American citizens.
The Legend of Oedipus
The legend of Oedipus is a telling myth about the perils of testing fate.
A lawyer and a banker make a bet that takes fifteen years to settle.
This poem explores the relationship between a boy and his father, and the impact of his father’s eventual absence.
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.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Holocaust survivor and storyteller Elie Wiesel is recognized as a leader in the fight for peace and human dignity.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
“Keeping up with the Joneses” describes the social phenomenon in which people try to “keep up” with the wealth and social status of their peers.
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
NPR reports on the relatively little-known WWII group WASP—the Women Airforce Service Pilots—who struggled for national and military recognition.
Steve Jobs' Stanford University Commencement Speech
The late Steve Jobs discusses the challenges that ultimately shaped him into a successful entrepreneur.
The Declaration of Independence
Following a series of abuses from King George III, the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain through this document.
The Harlem Renaissance
In this informational text, Jessica McBirney discusses the development of the Harlem Renaissance as an artistic movement.
Going to School as a Refugee
Facing numerous challenges, refugee students in Dallas schools look to one another for support.
They're Made Out of Meat
Two aliens are faced with the dilemma of whether to interact with humans.