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.
We Have Been Friends Together
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
A speaker discusses a conflict they are having with their friend.
A brother and a sister visit their great-grandmother in a nursing home.
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell describes watching a kite fight as a girl.
The Brothers Grimm
A young woman makes a deal with a mysterious creature when she must spin straw into gold.
The Sparrow's Quest
A sparrow goes on a journey to find the most powerful thing on earth.
The Days Have Names
A speaker considers why some things are named, while others go nameless.
Orpheus and Eurydice
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
This classic myth tells the story of Orpheus’s trip to the underworld in an attempt to retrieve his deceased wife, Eurydice.
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.
Ode on a Grecian Urn
In this poem, John Keats describes a series of images on a Grecian urn.
A lawyer and a banker make a bet that takes fifteen years to settle.
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.
Excerpt from Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
A horse named Black Beauty describes being saddled up by his master.
The Star and the Lily
Hamilton Wright Mabie
A chieftain tells the story of how the lily was created.
The Rocking-Horse Winner
In this short story, a boy tries to provide for his family by betting on horse-races.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in wartime.