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.
At first glance, an egg seems simple to most, but it’s symbolic value lends to the analysis of our world.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The speaker of the poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
A rousing poem celebrating Columbus’s perseverance even when success was far from certain.
Anthem for Doomed Youth
A soldier laments the loss of his fellow young combatants during the First World War.
Mother to Son
This Harlem Renaissance poem uses metaphor to depict a mother's struggles in life.
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
A man speculates on the lives of the dead - and what may be said of him, after death - as he walks through a country churchyard.
Robert Louis Stevenson
In this whimsical poem, Stevenson describes the adventures he will have in his youth - adventures that will sustain him when he is old.
If We Must Die
A Harlem Renaissance poet discusses facing death and other obstacles with courage and dignity.
James Weldon Johnson
"My heart be brave," writes James Weldon Johnson, the civil rights activist and NAACP leader.
The Ecchoing Green
In this famous poem, Blake laments the fleeting nature of youth.