CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
Excerpt from The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
James Weldon Johnson
A man describes his journey to Paris and his thoughts on the city.
Excerpt from “The Lotos-Eaters”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A group of sailors experiences strange effects after eating a special flower.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
On Winning the Coloring Contest in Second Grade
A speaker describes winning a coloring contest.
Who Are You Today, María?
Judith Ortiz Cofer
A girl dresses up for Who You Are Day at school.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
In this poem, a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.
A Sound of Thunder
A man travels back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
The War of the Wall
Toni Cade Bambara
A woman comes to paint a mural on a wall that is used by the neighborhood kids.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The speaker describes a traveler’s tale about ancient ruins encountered in a desert.
Why the Sky Is Far Away
The sky once fed all people, but eventually moved far away.
The Smell of Rain
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator describes being able to smell oncoming rain.
Two ducks get married and celebrate with their friends.