Strong text selection is the linchpin to all CommonLit 360 units, as the texts form the foundation of rich content and deep inquiry. CommonLit's selected texts are worthy of students’ time and attention, meet grade-level complexity requirements, and share valuable information and perspectives aligned to a unit’s essential questions, themes, and topics.
Through text selection, CommonLit seeks to ensure that students’ identities and life experiences are reflected in the works they read and that they have opportunities to explore content, identities, and perspectives beyond those already familiar to them. Across the curriculum, over 50% of the texts feature authors or protagonists of color. A text list for each unit is available in each Unit Guide.