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.
A Poison Tree
In this poem, a speaker allows their hatred and anger to grow, like a poisonous tree.
To Build A Fire
A man ignores warnings and slowly freezes to death in the wilderness.
Why is it fun to be frightened?
Margee Kerr explores why some people like to be afraid.
The Hero's Journey
Jessica McBirney discusses a common structure in stories known as the Hero’s Journey.
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.
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.
A daughter comes home to visit her mother and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
A Holocaust Survivor, Spared from Gas Chamber by Twist of Fate
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
In 1942, a young Polish boy was torn from the rest of his family - who were sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz - to work in a labor camp.
No Man Is An Island
A speaker explains the interconnectedness of all humankind.
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.
This article discusses the infamous attacks on September 11, 2001, and the effects they continue to have on America today.
Excerpt from 'A Christmas Carol': Marley's Ghost
In the first chapter of A Christmas Carol, titled “Marley’s Ghost,” a greedy old miser by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge is visited in the night by an old friend, who warns him to change his ways before it is too late.
Drones Put Spying Eyes in The Sky
Scientists are finding ways to use drones, or unmanned flying robots, in research and conservation efforts.
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
In this excerpt from the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the Sirens on his journey.
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.
How to Identify and Manage Emotions
Set to Go
Identifying and managing emotions can be helpful in many different situations.
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.