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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.
Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city of Athens got its name.
Standing Up by Sitting In
Ruth Spencer Johnson
Black and white students challenge the unfair treatment of black people by sitting at a lunch counter for whites in this drama that is set in the 1960s.
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth speaks on women's rights at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
The War of the Wall
Toni Cade Bambara
A woman comes to paint a mural on a wall that is used by the neighborhood kids.
Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good
Celebrating "do gooders" in the media could be making us lower our expectations for moral behavior.
The Princess and the Pea
Hans Christian Andersen
In this traditional fairytale, a royal family finds a way to determine whether or not someone is a true princess.
The Elephant and the Crocodile
H. Berkeley Score
A Crocodile and an Elephant attempt to find out which is the better animal.
A girl wants to get even with her friend after she is treated unkindly.
A young mongoose faces two cobras to protect the people who are important to him.
Stress for Success
Alison Pearce Stevens
Many view stress as a burden, but it can also be a useful emotion.
This poem explores the relationship between a boy and his father, and the impact of his father’s eventual absence.
A speaker tells a grown up that he should try “growing down”.
A daughter comes home to visit her mother and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
The Story of Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells was an African-American journalist, editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
“Keeping up with the Joneses” describes the social phenomenon in which people try to “keep up” with the wealth and social status of their peers.
A boy and his mother help a slave escape to the North.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpts from Chapters 1 & 7
While he was enslaved, Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write.
A boy decides to get revenge on a teacher he believes has been unfair to him.