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.
The Sign of the Cat
A boy’s grandmother opens their home to those in need.
A boy hunts a rabbit that is believed to be the fasted rabbit in the world.
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell describes watching a kite fight as a girl.
A young mongoose faces two cobras to protect the people who are important to him.
Diving for Treasure
A speaker describes a diver’s exploration of the ocean.
The Sparrow's Quest
A sparrow goes on a journey to find the most powerful thing on earth.
The Phoenix Bird
Hans Christian Andersen
A narrator describes the origins and power of a mystical bird, the Phoenix.
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.
The Keys of Destiny
A woman tells a king a story about a man who discovers the Keys of Destiny, which cause him misery and suffering.
The speaker reflects on their family’s roots in Vilna, a city that a vibrant Jewish community called home before the Second World War.
Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own
The speaker describes how the experiences of women pursuing the arts differ from those of men.
A speaker describes the experience of caring for someone close to her.
A speaker describes taking his nephew for a walk in the forest.
On How My Mother Sleeps
A speaker describes a memory of her mother sleeping.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.