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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.
Excerpts from 'Song of Myself': 1, 2, 6, 52
This epic poem celebrating American identity has been credited as "representing the core of Whitman’s poetic vision."
A family makes a shocking discovery about a baby in this story about lineage and class in antebellum Louisiana.
A woman’s Sunday alone in the park has unexpected emotional consequences.
Heart to Heart
In this poem, Rita Dove reinvents a common symbol - the heart - and in doing so, shows us what it means to be human.
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
An eccentric doctor administers drinks from the Fountain of Youth to four miserable old friends.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A man pauses for a thoughtful moment in the woods.
In this absurd comedy, a Russian official's nose mysteriously departs from his face and then parades about town.
Robert Louis Stevenson
In this whimsical poem, Stevenson describes the adventures he will have in his youth - adventures that will sustain him when he is old.
The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A 19th century woman struggles to maintain her sanity in the confines of a yellow room.
A Jury of Her Peers
When a local man is mysteriously murdered, the men investigating assume that little can be learned from listening to the valuable insight of their wives.
We Grow Accustomed to the Dark
In this poem, "the Dark" is something unknown and ever-present.
To An Athlete Dying Young
A. E. Housman
The speaker addresses an elegy to a champion runner who died at the height of his physical prime.
The Law of Life
An old man is left behind by his tribe to die of exposure. As he prepares for death, he reflects on a life spent fighting nature's brutal forces.
The Transformation of Arachne into a Spider
Arachne, a skilled weaver, offends the goddess Athena by her lack of humility and suffers the consequences.
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Written in stream-of-consciousness, the poem follows the lamentations of Prufrock, thwarted by love and his own indecisiveness.
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.
This sonnet, written during WWI, describes an English soldier's dying wish.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
In this playful poem, Silverstein uses an extended metaphor to capture the beauty of a child's imagination.