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 Red Bow
A father is devastated when his daughter is killed by a diseased dog.
Georgia Douglas Johnson
A speaker describes venturing out from a small, familiar place.
Songs for the People
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
A speaker describes songs she wants to sing to the people.
Excerpt from The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
James Weldon Johnson
A man describes his journey to Paris and his thoughts on the city.
Excerpt from “The Lotos-Eaters”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A group of sailors experiences strange effects after eating a special flower.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
On Winning the Coloring Contest in Second Grade
A speaker describes winning a coloring contest.
Who Are You Today, María?
Judith Ortiz Cofer
A girl dresses up for Who You Are Day at school.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
In this poem, a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.
A Sound of Thunder
A man travels back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
The War of the Wall
Toni Cade Bambara
A woman comes to paint a mural on a wall that is used by the neighborhood kids.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The speaker describes a traveler’s tale about ancient ruins encountered in a desert.