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.
A Dream Within a Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
In this poem, Edgar Allan Poe ponders whether or not everything in life is simply an illusion.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
In this poem, the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing about China.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
In this poem the speaker empathizes with the experiences of a caged bird, using vivid imagery to illustrate its oppression.
To a Daughter Leaving Home
A mother watches her daughter ride away on a bike.
In this poem, a speaker describes the happiness he finds in eating a summer peach.
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker uses a wide variety of figurative language to describe a snowstorm.
what love isn't
In this poem, Yrsa Daley-Ward explores characteristics of love not often discussed.
(love song, with two goldfish)
The speaker describes a love story between two goldfish in a fish bowl.
Sadie and Maud
Two sisters live very different lives because of the choices they have made.
We Real Cool
A group of young men at a pool hall don't care about responsibilities.
Dance Mama Dance
In this poem, the speaker discusses his mother and his wish to see her dance.
This poem explores the relationship between a boy and his father, and the impact of his father’s eventual absence.
The Death of a Soldier
The life and death of a soldier is compared to autumn.
O Captain! My Captain!
A sailor grieves the loss of his captain, who dies before the completion of their journey.
A family has a meal following the death of the speaker's father.
In Flanders Fields
This famous short poem describes the painful losses on World War I battlefields.
It Is Raining on the House of Anne Frank
Tourists in Amsterdam wait to explore the house of Anne Frank.