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.
Can Television Be Considered Literature and Taught in English Classes?
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the potential benefits and disadvantages of using television for teaching.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.
A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions
A resourceful teenager in Kenya is honored for his solution to the country’s lion problem.
To Build A Fire
A man ignores warnings and slowly freezes to death in the wilderness.
Teenage Brains Are Malleable And Vulnerable, Researchers Say
This informational text discusses the teenage brain’s focus on rewards and how this can influence behavior.
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.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Lee Duckworth
Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success.
Army Code Talkers
The United States Government
American Indians created complex codes using their native languages in order to aid the United States in WWI and WWII.
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.
Maurine V. Eleder
A girl and her sister encounter a dangerous dust storm.
A Poison Tree
In this poem, a speaker allows their hatred and anger to grow, like a poisonous tree.
From Slaves to Sharecroppers
After slavery was abolished, many former slaves returned to working in the fields as sharecroppers.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
The Hero's Journey
Jessica McBirney discusses a common structure in stories known as the Hero’s Journey.
Baseball’s Girl Umpire
Amanda Clement was the first woman paid to umpire a baseball game in 1904.
They Need Fire!
Buffy Silverman discusses some of the effects of forest fires.
Why is it fun to be frightened?
Margee Kerr explores why some people like to be afraid.
The Danger of a Single Story
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the impact stories can have in constructing our understanding of the world and people.
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.