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 Human Seasons
A speaker compares the stages of life to the four seasons.
Puerto Rican Obituary
Five Puerto Ricans find that they were unable to fulfill their dreams in America.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
A town takes part in an annual ritual called “the lottery.”
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
Presented in both English and Spanish, this poem describes the desire to be a weed rather than a flower.
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
In this poem, a speaker describes losing a part of themselves.
They're Made Out of Meat
Two aliens are faced with the dilemma of whether to interact with humans.
The Treasure of Lemon Brown
Walter Dean Myers
A boy meets an old man who will protect his treasure at all costs.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Gabriel García Márquez
In this short story, an old man with wings crashes into a family’s yard and is exploited by the family and townspeople.
J. Patrick Lewis
Written from the perspective of James Chaney, this poem describes being kidnapped by the KKK during the Freedom Summer.
In this poem inspired by “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the speaker describes concealing their identity.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
This carpe diem poem encourages readers to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may.”
Inspired by Jean Toomer’s poem “Storm Ending,” this poem compares a new day to a storm.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
A speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.