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CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills
Brian Clark Howard
Brian Clark Howard discusses how a switch to wireless chargers could have a positive effect on the environment.
The Invisible Influence: How Our Decisions Are Rarely Ever Our Own
Individuals are impacted by the decisions of people around them.
Klondike Gold Rush
About 100,000 people flocked to the Klondike in hopes of mining gold from the region.
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in wartime.
Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast
A speaker describes Aurelia Dobre’s gymnastics routine.
A daughter comes home to visit her mothers and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
The Night the Ghost Got In
A boy believes he hears a ghost in his house.
Turn, Turn, My Wheel
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes watching a potter mold clay.
Jessica McBirney discusses the life of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most famous and most celebrated artists.
Yesees and Noees
A speaker describes three different types of people: the “Yesees”, the “Noees”, and the “Thinkforyourselfees”.
A speaker tells a grown up that he should try “growing down”.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
Water Scarcity: A Global Issue
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the various factors that contribute to water scarcity around the globe.
This Is Not a Small Voice
A speaker describes the strength and love of a collective set of people.
President Reagan's Speech at the Brandenburg Gate
President Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan delivers this famous speech imploring General Secretary Gorbachev to take down the Berlin Wall and reunite Germany.
The Byzantine Empire
This informational text discusses the history, power, and influence of the Eastern Roman Empire, or the Byzantine Empire.