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 Poetry Quilt
A Puritan girl is discouraged from writing poetry by her sister.
The Sign of the Cat
A boy’s grandmother opens their home to those in need.
Earth Day Birthday
Jody Jenson Shaffer
A girl shares her birthday with Earth Day.
All Saints' Day at Night
Linda Rae Apolzon
A boy visits a cemetery at night to celebrate All Saints Day.
A speaker describes the process of practicing to master a skill.
Thank You, M'am
A young boy unsuccessfully tries to steal a woman’s purse.
A woman is expected to join a sisterhood following the death of her mother.
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.
Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd
A young woman captures attention of men at the market.
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.
Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push
Walter Dean Myers
A boy has an accident and must find a new way to accomplish a dream.
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
In this poem, a speaker describes losing a part of themselves.
A boy tries to impress a girl on the first day of seventh grade.
A Respectable Woman
A woman’s morals are tested when her husband’s friend comes to visit.