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.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The classic fable of a sheep herder boy who lies and pays the price.
The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
This informational text explains how the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama highlighted the racial tension that existed in America during the early 1960s.
This short but profound poem deals with the idea of hiding one’s identity.
The Night the Ghost Got In
A boy believes he hears a ghost in his house.
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
In these excerpts, the star-crossed lovers lament the family names that made them mortal enemies.
Elie Wiesel’s “The Perils of Indifference” Speech
A Holocaust survivor discusses the consequences of acting indifferently towards human suffering.
Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively
Why do teens have a reputation for rebellion? Neuroscience might have the answer.
Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013
In this speech to the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai describes her experience after being shot by members of the Taliban and her commitment to education and rights for women.
Edgar Allan Poe
The speaker, having gone mad by the loss of his lover, imagines he is visited by a talking raven.
Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits
Katherine Harmon discusses the effects of head injuries on the teenage brain.
The Princess and the Pea
Hans Christian Andersen
In this traditional fairytale, a royal family finds a way to determine whether or not someone is a true princess.
The Sit-In Movement
Civil rights activists introduced this peaceful form of protesting in the South in the early 1960s
A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions
A resourceful teenager in Kenya is honored for his solution to the country’s lion problem.
A young woman who has been mistreated by her step-mother and sisters learns the value of kindness.
If We Must Die
A Harlem Renaissance poet discusses facing death and other obstacles with courage and dignity.
Little Things Are Big
Jesús Colón recalls a time when he chose not to assist a white woman who needed help on the subway.
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.
Casey at the Bat
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
In one of the most classic sports poems in history, an arrogant player approaches the base with the weight of the game on his shoulders.