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.
A speaker describes the experience of caring for someone close to her.
A speaker describes taking his nephew for a walk in the forest.
Thank You, M'am
A young boy unsuccessfully tries to steal a woman’s purse.
On How My Mother Sleeps
A speaker describes a memory of her mother sleeping.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
A speaker describes Joan Benoit’s win at the first-ever women’s marathon held at the Olympic Games.
A woman is expected to join a sisterhood following the death of her mother.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
A young girl meets a bear during her journey.
The Monkey's Paw
A man makes a wish on a charm that is given to him by an old friend and suffers the consequences.
Excerpt From “The Grasshopper”
A couple leads a happy life, despite their contrasting interests.
Excerpt from Believing in Horses
A young girl and her horse get caught in a storm.
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
In this excerpt from the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the Sirens on his journey.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
Victor Frankenstein’s creature confronts Frankenstein and demands that he listen to how he has suffered.
Excerpt from “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street”
A narrator hires a scribe who doesn’t do as he is asked.
Puerto Rican Obituary
Five Puerto Ricans find that they were unable to fulfill their dreams in America.
Excerpt from The Tempest
The sorcerer Prosper threatens one of the inhabitants of the island, Caliban, to do his bidding.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
Excerpt from 'Roughing It': Lost in the Snow
A man and his companions struggle to reach their destination in the snow.
A town takes part in an annual ritual called “the lottery.”
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.