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.
Excerpts from 'Song of Myself': 1, 2, 6, 52
This epic poem celebrating American identity has been credited as "representing the core of Whitman’s poetic vision."
Fifth Grade Autobiography
Inspired by an old photo, a child revisits early memories.
Heart to Heart
In this poem, Rita Dove reinvents a common symbol - the heart - and in doing so, shows us what it means to be human.
At A Window
A desperate speaker begs the gods to deliver someone to love.
Sandburg laments the fleeting nature of language in the context of human history.
Making a Fist
Naomi Shihab Nye
A child has a realization about her own mortality.
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.
I am the people, the mob
In this poem, humanity's ability to organize and incite social change is personified.