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.
Ode on a Grecian Urn
In this poem, John Keats describes a series of images on a Grecian urn.
“Jabberwocky” tells the story of a boy who must follow his father’s advice as he encounters a creature called the Jabberwock.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
A young girl meets a bear during her journey.
The Human Seasons
A speaker compares the stages of life to the four seasons.
The Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
Yesees and Noees
A speaker describes three different types of people: the “Yesees”, the “Noees”, and the “Thinkforyourselfees”.
A speaker tells a grown up that he should try “growing down”.
A speaker describes their outside face and their ‘underface.’
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
In this poem, a speaker describes losing a part of themselves.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
This carpe diem poem encourages readers to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may.”
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
In this poem, the speaker describes his life at sea and why he desires to return to it.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
A speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.
On the Death of Anne Brontë
In this poem, Charlotte Brontë discusses the death of her sister.