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.
The Last Leaf
A young woman catches pneumonia and loses her will to live.
A Matter of Prejudice
Madame Carambeau, lover of all things French, is first disgusted by her American granddaughter but eventually softens up.
A man known only as "the boss" tortures a fly because he feels powerless about his son's death.
The Emperor's New Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen
A vain emperor commissions two swindlers to make him clothes and gets tricked parading naked in the streets.
The Guilty Party
The tragedy of Liz, a girl overcome with jealousy and driven to violence.
The Lion in Love
A lion gives up everything in order to marry a woodcutter's daughter.
In this symbolism-filled story, a young girl named Babette must wait patiently for the figs to ripen.
After Twenty Years
After twenty years of silence, a policeman meets an old friend who is a wanted criminal in Chicago.
The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
A first-person account of a murderer slowly driven mad by the sound of a beating heart under his floorboards.