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.
A September Night
George Marion McClellan
A speaker describes a September night in the bayou.
A teenage girl decides not to join her family on vacation.
Route 1 North, Philadelphia to Highland Park
A speaker describes driving with his father.
The Scientific Method
A speaker describes Thomas Edison’s laboratory and his work.
The Four Dragons
Four dragons work to help people suffering from a drought.
Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World
Thornton W. Burgess
A group of animals search for the best thing in the world.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
Emancipation: A Life Fable
In this fable, an animal finds its cage left open and explores life in the wild.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes her feelings about her natural hair over the years.
The White Nights of Ramadan
A Muslim family celebrates Girgian in the middle of the month of Ramadan.
The Two Travelers
Maude Barrows Dutton
Two travelers must decide whether or not to complete a series of tasks for a reward.
A girl living in England during World War II is bullied by one of her classmates.
The Little Girl Who Would Not Work
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl would rather play all day than work.
A girl struggles to get her grandfather to see her as American.
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth speaks on women's rights at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.