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.
In this poem, the speaker reflects on how she saw her mother at different times in her life.
World Below the Brine
In this poem, the speaker describes the world under the sea.
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.