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.
Young Goodman Brown
A religious man enters the woods and finds his faith tested by what he witnesses there.
Zora Neale Hurston
A lecherous man hopes that a rattlesnake will help him get rid of his wife.
A young mongoose faces two cobras to protect the people who are important to him.
The Monkey's Paw
A man makes a wish on a charm that is given to him by an old friend and suffers the consequences.
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
The Night the Ghost Got In
A boy believes he hears a ghost in his house.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
A sniper during the Irish Civil War exchanges fire with the enemy and suffers a great loss.
The Most Dangerous Game
A big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.
A young man seeking lodging is taken in by a landlady who is not what she seems.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
In this classic, oft-retold story, a poor shoemaker received a fortuitous visit from a group of elves.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
Theseus and the Minotaur
A brave young Athenian prince vows to take on a monster who has been terrorizing the people of his city for years.
The Pit and the Pendulum
Edgar Allan Poe
In this story, an unnamed narrator describes the torments endured as a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition.
The Open Window
An anxious man is prescribed rest for his nervous condition but encounters a devious host during his retreat.
An ironworks manager leads his friend on an eerie tour of his company shortly after discovering a secret.
The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe
In this story packed with Poe's signature brand of macabre and suspense, an unnamed narrator visits an old friend and finds a tale of horror within the decaying manor.