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CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker uses a wide variety of figurative language to describe a snowstorm.
Polly Sits Tight
Ethel M. Caution
In this short story, a young girl who must wear her mother’s shoes to school is afraid of being ridiculed by her classmates.
This informational text discusses Alexander Hamilton’s life and contributions to the founding of the United States.
The Curse Of The Inability To Imagine
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
This article questions whether it is possible to accurately understand the past or imagine the future due to present-day technology.
Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Great Society
This informational text discusses the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson and his “Great Society” program, meant to improve the lives of people in need.
A sniper during the Irish Civil War exchanges fire with the enemy and suffers a great loss.
Articles of Confederation
The Continental Congress
The Articles of Confederation was an agreement between the original 13 states of the United States and preceded the Constitution.
I Have a Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, King discusses the status of African Americans and what he hopes to see in the future.
what love isn't
In this poem, Yrsa Daley-Ward explores characteristics of love not often discussed.
How Human Should A Gorilla Be?
Barbara J. King for NPR
This informational text discusses Koko, a gorilla who can communicate with humans using American Sign Language.
The Monroe Doctrine and American Imperialism
This informational text discusses the parameters and effects of the Monroe Doctrine.
The Niger Expedition of 1841
The Niger expedition of 1841 was a mission backed by the British government to eradicate slavery globally, starting in Africa along the Niger River.
The Most Dangerous Game
A big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.
How Autism Freed Me to be Myself
In this speech, 16-year-old Rosie King shares her experiences with autism and how it has allowed her to be true to herself.
The Roman Republic
This informational text recounts the history of the Roman Republic: how it was formed, how it worked, and how it eventually transitioned into the Roman Empire.
The Madness Of Humanity Part 3: Tribalism
Marcelo Gleiser for NPR
This essay explores how tribalism operates in modern society.
Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age
This myth is an account of the classic story of the battle between Jupiter, Saturn, and the Titans, retold in accessible language by James Baldwin.
How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball
This informational text discusses the first African-American Major League Baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
Dark History Of Rwanda's Genocide
This interview with Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo explores how Rwanda is moving on from its history with genocide.