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.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A woman meets Prejudice, personified as a man, while walking on a mountain path.
Morning in the Burned House
A speaker imagines her childhood as a burned house.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
A classic poem packed with metaphors in which Frost depicts the fleeting nature of youth.
Making a Fist
Naomi Shihab Nye
A child has a realization about her own mortality.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas' most famous poem, written for his dying father, in which he urges him to "rage, rage against the dying of the light."
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Dickinson calls public life "dreary" and takes pride in maintaining a private identity.
Answer to A Child's Question
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love is simple, good, and pure in this Romantic poem.
The Ecchoing Green
In this famous poem, Blake laments the fleeting nature of youth.
Halsted Street Car
Sandburg paints a picture of the weary faces of the working class.
Love and Friendship
Brontë uses figurative language to argue that friendship - not love - is everlasting.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The famous poem that begins, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
In this poem, the speaker prefers nature to the astronomer's cold, organized lecture.
The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling argues that is America's moral imperative to colonize and rule non-white nations.
America the Beautiful
Katharine Lee Bates
This famous American patriotic song captures the vision of America a century ago.
First They Came…
This famous quotation was written by a Lutheran pastor who was plagued by guilt for not speaking up during the Holocaust.
I am the people, the mob
In this poem, humanity's ability to organize and incite social change is personified.
William Ernest Henley
A passionate cry of resilience: "I am the master of my fate, / I am the captain of my soul."
“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (254)
Dickinson metaphorically represents “hope” as a bird that “perches on the soul.”