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.
John P. Curtin
The speaker reflects on how technology has evolved over time.
Inspired by a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and told from the perspective of a pining stable boy, this poem offers insight into love.
On the Death of Anne Brontë
In this poem, Charlotte Brontë discusses the death of her sister.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
A family’s vacation is interrupted when they meet some dangerous people.
In this poem, a speaker describes the happiness he finds in eating a summer peach.
what love isn't
In this poem, Yrsa Daley-Ward explores characteristics of love not often discussed.
We Real Cool
A group of young men at a pool hall don't care about responsibilities.
This poem explores the relationship between a boy and his father, and the impact of his father’s eventual absence.
The Death of a Soldier
The life and death of a soldier is compared to autumn.
O Captain! My Captain!
A sailor grieves the loss of his captain, who dies before the completion of their journey.
In Flanders Fields
This famous short poem describes the painful losses on World War I battlefields.
It Is Raining on the House of Anne Frank
Tourists in Amsterdam wait to explore the house of Anne Frank.
Assassination of the President
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theatre. Lincoln would die the following day.
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
This new Declaration of Independence isn’t so great, according to a loyal subject of Great Britain.
President Kennedy's Inaugural Address
President John F. Kennedy
In his inaugural address, President Kennedy discusses his vision for leading the United States and its allies through the Cold War.
Issues with the Articles of Confederation
An enthusiastic narrator explains the Articles of Confederation: the first constitution of the original thirteen states of the United States.
What Teachers Make
A teacher is criticized for his profession and pushes back in this powerful poem.