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.
Maurine V. Eleder
A girl and her sister encounter a dangerous dust storm.
Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation
A young girl and her father see a notice declaring that Armenians must leave their home.
A boy and his mother help a slave escape to the North.
A Simple Gift
A boy makes a plan for when he meets President Abraham Lincoln at the train station.
The Poetry Quilt
A Puritan girl is discouraged from writing poetry by her sister.
A sniper during the Irish Civil War exchanges fire with the enemy and suffers a great loss.
The First Flag
Betsy Ross’s fellow seamstress recounts her experiences helping Ross make the first flag of the United States.
Columbus and the Egg
In this story, explorer Christopher Columbus teaches his critics a lesson about discovery.