CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
City of Specters
A woman in North Korea catches the attention of government officials when she uses curtains that aren’t sanctioned by the government to cover her windows.
A boy is required to take an intelligence exam by the government once he turns 12-years-old.
“Help Him Up!”: A Witness’s Account of Panic on a Subway Platform
A reporter describes witnesses’ reactions to a man falling onto New York City subway tracks.
Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation
A young girl and her father see a notice declaring that Armenians must leave their home.
Lather and Nothing Else
A nervous barber shaves a military captain.
A narrator describes their mother’s life and past career as a trapeze performer.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
A boy and his mother help a slave escape to the North.
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.
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.