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.
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
An eccentric doctor administers drinks from the Fountain of Youth to four miserable old friends.
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.
The Open Boat
A group of four men struggle to survive in a small dinghy.
A Description of A City Shower
In this humorous poem, Swift exposes the shortcomings of city life, particularly the lack of adequate plumbing, which becomes a problem for everyone when it rains.
A young boy's obsession with the girl next door leads him on a journey that ends in a harsh realization.
We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar
This famous poem is about the tendency of oppressed black Americans to conceal their pain and suffering in post-Civil War America.
A Poison Tree
In this poem, a speaker allows their hatred and anger to grow, like a poisonous tree.
Morning in the Burned House
A speaker imagines her childhood as a burned house.