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.
Shauna Singh Baldwin
A woman describes washing her husband’s turbans.
A September Night
George Marion McClellan
A speaker describes a September night in the bayou.
Chemo Side Effects: Memory
A speaker describes their struggles with memory.
The Scientific Method
A speaker describes Thomas Edison’s laboratory and his work.
Excerpt from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
British Colonial Christian preacher, Jonathan Edwards, describes hell as a real place.
A Prayer for the Living
A narrator searches for their loved-ones among the dead, the result of a war and famine.
The Red Bow
A father is devastated when his daughter is killed by a diseased dog.
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.
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.