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.
Excerpt from Believing in Horses
A young girl and her horse get caught in a storm.
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
In this excerpt from the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the Sirens on his journey.
Excerpt from “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street”
A narrator hires a scribe who doesn’t do as he is asked.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
Excerpt from The Tempest
The sorcerer Prosper threatens one of the inhabitants of the island, Caliban, to do his bidding.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
Excerpt from Roughing It: Lost in the Snow
A man and his companions struggle to reach their destination in the snow.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.
Excerpt from Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist asks for more food in this excerpt from Charles Dickens’ classic.
Years After the Funeral
A speaker describes an individual’s experiences with schizophrenia.
The Treasure of Lemon Brown
Walter Dean Myers
A boy meets an old man who will protect his treasure at all costs.
Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 1 and 2
A family sorts out the will of a recently deceased family member.
The Two Brothers
Two brothers trying to live charitably react very differently when they stumble into a fortune.
Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases
Ida B. Wells
This excerpt discusses the injustice and horrors of Southern lynch laws, focusing especially on the violence enacted against African Americans following the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.
Lamb to the Slaughter
A woman betrayed by her husband retaliates in an extreme way.
A Participant’s First-Hand Account of the Boston Tea Party
A participant in the Boston Tea Party describes his role in the famous event.
Clash of Cultures: Indigenous America and the Conquistadores
This informational text recounts the fateful meeting between the Aztecs and the Spanish conquistadors that led to the fall of the former’s civilization.