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.
Shooting an Elephant
A British officer must decide whether or not to shoot an elephant that has become aggressive.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes her feelings about her natural hair over the years.
A speaker is questioned about the darkness of their skin when they inquire about leasing an apartment.
The Great Woolly Bear Hunt
Craig W. Steele
A speaker searches for a creature called a woolly bear.
A boy wants to be named the most valuable player during his basketball team’s championship game.
On Winning the Coloring Contest in Second Grade
A speaker describes winning a coloring contest.
A boy agrees to meet one of his classmates at a castle, not knowing what to expect.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.
Toni Cade Bambara
A girl takes her brother to a track race she’s participating in.
Tuesday of the Other June
Norma Fox Mazer
A young girl is bullied by someone with the same name.
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.