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.
City of Specters
A woman in North Korea catches the attention of government officials when she uses curtains that aren’t sanctioned by the government to cover her windows.
The Face of Immortality?
Many people believe that a small organism known as a hydra is immortal.
Excerpt from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
British Colonial Christian preacher, Jonathan Edwards, describes hell as a real place.
A Prayer for the Living
A narrator searches for their loved-ones among the dead, the result of a war and famine.
Twice I Walked With Dinosaurs
A speaker describes encounters with a baby shark and an alligator.
A speaker describes their ancestors coming to America through Ellis Island.
Shooting an Elephant
A British officer must decide whether or not to shoot an elephant that has become aggressive.
On Winning the Coloring Contest in Second Grade
A speaker describes winning a coloring contest.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
There's a certain Slant of light
A speaker describes a slant of light on a winter day.
After Hours in Kindergarten
A speaker describes art projects in the halls of their school during geography week.
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.
George W. Harkins to the American People
George W. Harkins
In an open letter to the American people, Choctaw chief George W. Harkins expresses his opinion about the Indian removals.
East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A young girl shares the experience of having her hair braided by her mother.
A woman is expected to join a sisterhood following the death of her mother.