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.
Shauna Singh Baldwin
A woman describes washing her husband’s turbans.
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.
Shooting an Elephant
A British officer must decide whether or not to shoot an elephant that has become aggressive.
Francesca Lia Block
A blue creature appears before a young girl after her mother leaves.
Daughter of Invention
A girl who has recently moved from the Dominican Republic to America prepares a speech to present in front of her school.
A narrator describes their mother’s life and past career as a trapeze performer.
The White Umbrella
A Chinese American girl sees a white umbrella she wishes she could have.
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the experiences of Civil Rights activist Sylvia Mendez, as a child.
Joseph O. Legaspi
In this poem, the speaker compares immigrants to amphibians.
What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?
A boy hopes to learn the cure of unhappiness from a beggar.
One of a Kind
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes a turtle that believes it has seen everything.
A speaker describes their experiences in America as the child of immigrant parents.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The speaker describes a traveler’s tale about ancient ruins encountered in a desert.
Akron at Night
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes driving to Akron at night with their mother.
Young Goodman Brown
A religious man enters the woods and finds his faith tested by what he witnesses there.
The Phoenix Bird
Hans Christian Andersen
A narrator describes the origins and power of a mystical bird, the Phoenix.
The Roof of Leaves
Donna L. Washington
A husband and wife have a fight and must act quickly to save their marriage.
The Snake's Advice
A snake gives advice to a distant ancestor of the human species.