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.
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.
A speaker tells a grown up that he should try “growing down”.
Hans Christian Andersen
Born in the center of a tulip and stuck forever at her small size, Thumbelina faces many challenges because she is so different from others around her.
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
Ancient Greek thinkers have influenced Western culture and philosophy for centuries.
Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push
Walter Dean Myers
A boy has an accident and must find a new way to accomplish a dream.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
Pigs is Pigs
Ellis Parker Butler
An argument over the definition of “guinea pigs” leads to unanticipated and avoidable problems.
They're Made Out of Meat
Two aliens are faced with the dilemma of whether to interact with humans.