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 Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”
A woman runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.
Excerpt from Swann's Way
A narrator describes being on the verge of sleep.
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
The Star and the Lily
Hamilton Wright Mabie
A chieftain tells the story of how the lily was created.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
Excerpt from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A young boy feels out of place at his school.
In an Amber Dome
A speaker describes a moment they share with someone close to them, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.