CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 2nd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
A Sound of Thunder
A man travels back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
They're Made Out of Meat
Two aliens are faced with the dilemma of whether to interact with humans.
In this short story set in a gleaming technological future, a young person travels to see their first tree.
In this short story, the people of Earth witness the birth of a new star and the destruction that follows this phenomenon.
The Machine Stops
E. M. Forester
In this eerily prophetic science fiction story from 1909, E.M. Forster creates a world ruled by 'The Machine' in which isolated people are spoiled with convenience and starved of human interaction.