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 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.
A Dream Within a Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
In this poem, Edgar Allan Poe ponders whether or not everything in life is simply an illusion.
In Flanders Fields
This famous short poem describes the painful losses on World War I battlefields.
Tristan and Isolde
Lady Jane Wilde
A knight and a princess fall in love, but at the cost of betraying their king.
The Lady of Shalott
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
In this popular Lord Tennyson poem, the Lady of Shalott leaves her magic tower to pursue Sir Lancelot, but is followed by a tragic curse.