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 speaker reflects on their family’s roots in Vilna, a city that a vibrant Jewish community called home before the Second World War.
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.
A woman is expected to join a sisterhood following the death of her mother.
Sir Francis Bacon
In this essay, Sir Francis Bacon discusses the importance of pursuing knowledge.
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
In this excerpt from the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the Sirens on his journey.
The Human Seasons
A speaker compares the stages of life to the four seasons.
Puerto Rican Obituary
Five Puerto Ricans find that they were unable to fulfill their dreams in America.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
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.