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.
The Phoenix Bird
Hans Christian Andersen
A narrator describes the origins and power of a mystical bird, the Phoenix.
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.
The Keys of Destiny
A woman tells a king a story about a man who discovers the Keys of Destiny, which cause him misery and suffering.
Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own
The speaker describes how the experiences of women pursuing the arts differ from those of men.
A speaker describes the experience of caring for someone close to her.
A speaker describes taking his nephew for a walk in the forest.
On How My Mother Sleeps
A speaker describes a memory of her mother sleeping.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
A woman is expected to join a sisterhood following the death of her mother.
Sir Francis Bacon
In this essay, Sir Francis Bacon discusses the importance of pursuing knowledge.
A speaker describes how aging affects their grandfather.
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
In this excerpt from the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the Sirens on his journey.
The Human Seasons
A speaker compares the stages of life to the four seasons.
Puerto Rican Obituary
Five Puerto Ricans find that they were unable to fulfill their dreams in America.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.