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.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A man pauses for a thoughtful moment in the woods.
I Am Very Real
When a North Dakota school board burned copies of Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut responded with a letter.
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.
Psychologist Carl Rogers explains how self-perception can shape a person’s identity.
Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city of Athens got its name.
Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences
The Onion Staff
In this humorous article, a wealthy teenager uses his wealth and connections to escape charges for causing a terrible drunk driving accident.
Story of An Hour
This is a classic short story from the early feminist writer, Kate Chopin, in which a woman is overcome by the death of her husband.
No Man Is An Island
A speaker explains the interconnectedness of all humankind.
This article discusses the infamous attacks on September 11, 2001, and the effects they continue to have on America today.
The Life of Julius Caesar
The story of the rise of the famous Roman statesman and general to the position of dictator, and his subsequent betrayal and murder.
In this sonnet, McKay, a Harlem Renaissance poet, reveals his mixed feelings about living in "the land of the free."
To Build A Fire
A man ignores warnings and slowly freezes to death in the wilderness.
A Dream Within a Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
In this poem, Edgar Allan Poe ponders whether or not everything in life is simply an illusion.
Propaganda: Battling for the Mind
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the purpose and history of propaganda and how it influences people.
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
A recent study shows that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
Victor Frankenstein’s creature confronts Frankenstein and demands that he listen to how he has suffered.
President Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling
President Barack Obama
The President responds to the "not guilty" verdict of the Trayvon Martin murder case.
Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?
Experts and other interested parties meditate on current efforts to send a manned spacecraft to Mars.