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.
Young Goodman Brown
A religious man enters the woods and finds his faith tested by what he witnesses there.
The Rocking-Horse Winner
In this short story, a boy tries to provide for his family by betting on horse-races.
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.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth
In his final diary entry, John Wilkes Booth justifies his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and wonders at his fate.
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe
This is a classic and suspenseful tale of revenge told from the perspective of the murderer.