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 Black Man's Burden
Reverend H.T. Johnson
A black clergyman wrote this poem in response to Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem, "The White Man's Burden."
Excerpt from Frankenstein: Chapter 16
In his monologue, the monster scolds the scientist for letting power cloud his judgment.
The Guilty Party
The tragedy of Liz, a girl overcome with jealousy and driven to violence.
Excerpts from Jane Eyre
The plain governess named Jane falls in love with her employer, the master of the house.
The Blind Men and the Elephant
John Godfrey Saxe
A famous retelling of an Indian parable that deals with perception and the subjective nature of truth.
The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
A man is slowly driven mad by the sound of a beating heart under his floorboards.