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 author laments his inability to understand his paramour while eloquently reveling in the feelings that her nature evokes in him.
In this classic Frost poem, a speaker questions the necessity of a dilapidated stone wall between his land and his neighbor's.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
One of the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity (especially during the Halloween season), this short story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman deals with themes of love, fear, gluttony, and truth.
The Pit and the Pendulum
Edgar Allan Poe
In this story, an unnamed narrator describes the torments endured as a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition.
Excerpt from 'A Christmas Carol': Marley's Ghost
In the first chapter of A Christmas Carol, titled “Marley’s Ghost,” a greedy old miser by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge is visited in the night by an old friend, who warns him to change his ways before it is too late.
A Horseman in the Sky
A young Virginian man joins the Union Army during the American Civil War and has to make a difficult decision after falling asleep on one of his watches.
Diary of a Teenage Refugee
A 16-year-old Syrian girl living as a refugee in Lebanon tells about her experiences fleeing her home and living in a camp.
Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disability
In this article, Hitselberger takes issue with the language sometimes used around the issue of dealing with one’s disability.
The Lady or the Tiger
Frank R. Stockton
A king delivers justice through chance, which proves to be a no-win situation for his daughter and her condemned love interest.
Samuel Scoville, Jr.
A young Caribbean boy accompanied by his grandfather goes sponge-diving in the reef where a tiger shark killed his father—and where he faces dangers of his own.
The Golden Touch
Hawthorne retells the myth of King Midas, whose lust for gold deprives him of what he most cherishes.
A prominent military man’s rise to success is retold from the perspective of a former teacher, who is astounded at the man's good fortune.
The Man in the Well
A group of children abandon a man to die in a well in this poignant portrayal of the cruelty of children.
In this short story, the people of Earth witness the birth of a new star and the destruction that follows this phenomenon.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
A narrator attempts to do a friend a favor - and gets swindled into hearing a rambling and ridiculous story.
I Am Very Real
When a North Dakota school board burned copies of Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut responded with a letter.
The Elephant's Child
An insatiably curious baby elephant goes on a journey to find the crocodile — an encounter that will change him forever.
Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Chapter 12
The final chapter of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this excerpt follows Alice back into the real world, reflecting on her incredible experiences in a land of nonsense.
Down the Rabbit Hole
In the opening chapter from Carroll's classic novel, Alice follows the frantic White Rabbit down into a fantasy world.