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.
Morality as Anti-Nature
In this excerpt from the book Twilight of the Idols, Nietzsche seeks to challenge, unravel and completely do away with the moral notions of his day.
I'm Happiest When Most Away
In this short poem, Brontë contemplates existing in a solitary, meditative state.
The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A 19th century woman struggles to maintain her sanity in the confines of a yellow room.
Sassoon, who was himself a soldier in WWI, describes a soldier's perspective on the battlefield.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
In this playful poem, Silverstein uses an extended metaphor to capture the beauty of a child's imagination.
A Description of A City Shower
In this humorous poem, Swift exposes the shortcomings of city life, particularly the lack of adequate plumbing, which becomes a problem for everyone when it rains.
The Song of The Shirt
This poem depicts the inhuman working conditions for England's poor.
A young boy's obsession with the girl next door leads him on a journey that ends in a harsh realization.
'Shut the Door' Speech
Senator Ellison DuRant Smith
During a 1924 congressional debate on immigration, a senator from South Carolina argued that we should "shut the door and breed up a pure, unadulterated American citizen."
Morning in the Burned House
A speaker imagines her childhood as a burned house.
A Chinese-American girl feels embarrassed by her family during dinner.
Halsted Street Car
Sandburg paints a picture of the weary faces of the working class.
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
In this poem, the speaker prefers nature to the astronomer's cold, organized lecture.
America the Beautiful
Katharine Lee Bates
This famous American patriotic song captures the vision of America a century ago.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (254)
Dickinson metaphorically represents “hope” as a bird that “perches on the soul.”
The Black Man's Burden
Reverend H.T. Johnson
A black clergyman wrote this poem in response to Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem, "The White Man's Burden."
This famous poem deals with the tensions and questions of human existence.