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 War Prayer
A country gone to war is visited by a mysterious messenger who explains the price of victory.
Because I could not stop for death
The speaker takes a leisurely carriage drive with the figure of Death.
An Uncomfortable Bed
Guy de Maupassant
A wealthy man stays the night in a lavish mansion. All night, he suspects his friends are playing tricks on him.
To Build A Fire
A man ignores warnings and slowly freezes to death in the wilderness.
The Song of The Shirt
This poem depicts the inhuman working conditions for England's poor.
Two bitter enemies are trapped in the woods together, and the lines between friendship and enmity are tested.
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe
This is a classic and suspenseful tale of revenge told from the perspective of the murderer.
A young boy's obsession with the girl next door leads him on a journey that ends in a harsh realization.
Story of An Hour
This is a classic short story from the early feminist writer, Kate Chopin, in which a woman is overcome by the death of her husband.
A young girl is asked to babysit in this coming-of-age story.
Morning in the Burned House
A speaker imagines her childhood as a burned house.
Making a Fist
Naomi Shihab Nye
A child has a realization about her own mortality.
Answer to A Child's Question
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love is simple, good, and pure in this Romantic poem.
The Ecchoing Green
In this famous poem, Blake laments the fleeting nature of youth.
Halsted Street Car
Sandburg paints a picture of the weary faces of the working class.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The famous poem that begins, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
I am the people, the mob
In this poem, humanity's ability to organize and incite social change is personified.
The Last Leaf
A young woman catches pneumonia and loses her will to live.
A man known only as "the boss" tortures a fly because he feels powerless about his son's death.