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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.
Standing Up by Sitting In
Ruth Spencer Johnson
Black and white students challenge the unfair treatment of black people by sitting at a lunch counter for whites in this drama that is set in the 1960s.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II
In this excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius discuss Caesar’s abilities as a leader.
Mrs. Pringle’s dinner party is derailed when some guests are unable to attend at the last minute.
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.
Excerpt from The Tempest
The sorcerer Prosper threatens one of the inhabitants of the island, Caliban, to do his bidding.
Excerpts from Three Sisters
The aristocratic Prózorov siblings struggle to find happiness in a rural Russian village.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II
In these excerpts, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar reaches its climax as the conspiracy to remove him from power succeeds.
'To Be Or Not To Be' Soliloquy
In this famous soliloquy, Hamlet contemplates suicide and discusses why men are moved to inaction.