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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.
Abolishing Slavery: The Efforts of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
This informational text discusses Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s relationship as they both worked towards abolishing slavery.
The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker
This informational text asks students to imagine what it would be like to live as a worker during the U.S. Industrial Revolution.
Emma Watson’s United Nations: “HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too” Speech
Emma Watson launches the UN Women campaign for ending gender inequality: HeForShe.
Frederick Douglass: A Biography
National Park Service
This biography of Frederick Douglass provides an overview of his life and work as an abolitionist.
The Third Wish
A man asks for three wishes after saving a swan that happens to be the King of the Forest.
Life of a Slave on a Southern Plantation
The United States’ history of owning slaves in the South to work on plantations is discussed.
Inspired by Jean Toomer’s poem “Storm Ending,” this poem compares a new day to a storm.
Valentine for Ernest Mann
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker describes finding inspiration for poetry from the world around them.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A man pauses for a thoughtful moment in the woods.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpts from Chapters 1 & 7
While he was enslaved, Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write.
I Am Very Real
When a North Dakota school board burned copies of Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut responded with a letter.
Act Your Age
A young girl is told over and over again to act her age.
A Defiant Muhammad Ali Was Cherished By Black Men
Karen Grigsby Bates
Muhammad Ali, a famous American boxer and social activist who passed away in 2016, is remembered for his bold courage.
Drones Put Spying Eyes in The Sky
Scientists are finding ways to use drones, or unmanned flying robots, in research and conservation efforts.
After Twenty Years
After twenty years of silence, a policeman meets an old friend who is a wanted criminal in Chicago.
The First Flag
Betsy Ross’s fellow seamstress recounts her experiences helping Ross make the first flag of the United States.
The Story of Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells was an African-American journalist, editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
This informational text discusses the process that deceased Egyptian nobles went through to be prepared for the afterlife.
Censorship: For the People, or for Controlling the People?
Censorship, the government’s restriction of information deemed inappropriate, has its advantages and disadvantages which are discussed in the following text.