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.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Tony Medina explores the importance of poetry to Langston Hughes.
The Sign of the Cat
A boy’s grandmother opens their home to those in need.
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker comforts a woman by speaking with her in Arabic before a flight.
Queen Esther and Me
Amalia Hoffman describes the origins and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.
A speaker describes Humpty Dumpty’s attempts to find safety under a chicken.
A Cobra in the Garden
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
A woman who lived in Borneo shared her experiences observing a cobra who lived in her garden.
The Snake's Advice
A snake gives advice to a distant ancestor of the human species.
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.
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.
On How My Mother Sleeps
A speaker describes a memory of her mother sleeping.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
A speaker describes Joan Benoit’s win at the first-ever women’s marathon held at the Olympic Games.
Excerpt from Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
A horse named Black Beauty describes being saddled up by his master.