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.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A man pauses for a thoughtful moment in the woods.
Act for Establishing Religious Freedom
Jefferson makes the argument for religious freedom in the United States.
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
This document, signed by 100 people at the first women's rights convention, was controversial in its time.
Excerpt from Walden: “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”
Henry David Thoreau
In this excerpt from Walden, Thoreau explains why he went to live alone in the wilderness.
Address to Congress on Women's Suffrage
Carrie Chapman Catt
Carrie Chapman Catt argues in favor of granting women the right to vote.
At A Window
A desperate speaker begs the gods to deliver someone to love.
The Machine Stops
E. M. Forester
In this eerily prophetic science fiction story from 1909, E.M. Forster creates a world ruled by 'The Machine' in which isolated people are spoiled with convenience and starved of human interaction.
William Butler Yeats
Yeats reveals his torn emotions about the Easter Rising, an armed rebellion against British rule in Ireland.
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.
Using a paternal tone, the speaker makes a list of rules to live by.
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California
Chavez describes the terrible conditions for Mexican farm workers, and calls for change.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas' most famous poem, written for his dying father, in which he urges him to "rage, rage against the dying of the light."
First They Came…
This famous quotation was written by a Lutheran pastor who was plagued by guilt for not speaking up during the Holocaust.
Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point
General Douglas MacArthur
The decorated Gen. MacArthur tells cadets they will deal with considerable challenges.
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are a set of Biblical principles that defined "right" and "wrong."
Edgar Allan Poe
The speaker, having gone mad by the loss of his lover, imagines he is visited by a talking raven.
Edgar Allan Poe
A sad speaker recounts the early romance of his now-dead lover, Annabel Lee.
My Lost Youth
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker remembers the vivid longings and wild emotions of his boyhood.