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.
Excerpt from 'Roughing It': Lost in the Snow
A man and his companions struggle to reach their destination in the snow.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.
A man struggles to find anyone willing to help him answer his question in a government office.
Excerpt from Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist asks for more food in this excerpt from Charles Dickens’ classic.
Years After the Funeral
A speaker describes an individual’s experiences with schizophrenia.
The Treasure of Lemon Brown
Walter Dean Myers
A boy meets an old man who will protect his treasure at all costs.
Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 1 and 2
A family sorts out the will of a recently deceased family member.
The Two Brothers
Two brothers trying to live charitably react very differently when they stumble into a fortune.
Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases
Ida B. Wells
This excerpt discusses the injustice and horrors of Southern lynch laws, focusing especially on the violence enacted against African Americans following the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.
Lamb to the Slaughter
A woman betrayed by her husband retaliates in an extreme way.
A Participant’s First-Hand Account of the Boston Tea Party
A participant in the Boston Tea Party describes his role in the famous event.
Clash of Cultures: Indigenous America and the Conquistadores
This informational text recounts the fateful meeting between the Aztecs and the Spanish conquistadors that led to the fall of the former’s civilization.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.
The Scholarship Jacket
Marta is a straight-A student who has earned a scholarship jacket, but her financial situation – and an unjust school leader – may prevent her from receiving her reward.
A Horseman in the Sky
A young Virginian man joins the Union Army during the American Civil War and has to make a difficult decision after falling asleep on one of his watches.
A man is put in a rather uncomfortable situation when he discovers that he and his female companion are not alone inside of a train compartment.
On a Mountain Trail
Harry Perry Robinson
A suspenseful story in which two men are chased by hungry wolves on a forest mountain trail.