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.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
This carpe diem poem encourages readers to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may.”
David's Old Soul
Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” this poem’s young speaker reflects on growing up.
Inspired by Jean Toomer’s poem “Storm Ending,” this poem compares a new day to a storm.
A Bird, came down the Walk
A speaker observes a bird on the path in front of them.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
This poem explores the mystery of life after death through descriptions of the peaceful depths of the ocean.
In this poem, the speaker describes his life at sea and why he desires to return to it.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
A speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.
John P. Curtin
The speaker reflects on how technology has evolved over time.
Burning a Book
This poem offers a reflection on the nature of censorship and the struggle between knowledge and ignorance.
Inspired by a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and told from the perspective of a pining stable boy, this poem offers insight into love.
The Taming of the Shrew-Induction 1.12
In this Gary Soto poem, the speaker describes what he would do for his love.