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.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
A Confederate sympathizer is hanged by Union soldiers.
To Build A Fire
A man ignores warnings and slowly freezes to death in the wilderness.
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.
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe
This is a classic and suspenseful tale of revenge told from the perspective of the murderer.
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.
James Weldon Johnson
"My heart be brave," writes James Weldon Johnson, the civil rights activist and NAACP leader.
Morning in the Burned House
A speaker imagines her childhood as a burned house.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
A classic poem packed with metaphors in which Frost depicts the fleeting nature of youth.
Making a Fist
Naomi Shihab Nye
A child has a realization about her own mortality.
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."
William Ernest Henley
A passionate cry of resilience: "I am the master of my fate, / I am the captain of my soul."
“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (254)
Dickinson metaphorically represents “hope” as a bird that “perches on the soul.”
The Last Leaf
A young woman catches pneumonia and loses her will to live.
A man known only as "the boss" tortures a fly because he feels powerless about his son's death.
Edgar Allan Poe
The speaker, having gone mad by the loss of his lover, imagines he is visited by a talking raven.
The Road Not Taken
A man reflects on being at a crossroads. How has his decision shaped his identity and life?
This famous poem deals with the tensions and questions of human existence.