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.
Excerpt from The Tempest
The sorcerer Prosper threatens one of the inhabitants of the island, Caliban, to do his bidding.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
Apollo and Hyacinthus
The classic myth involving the relationship between the god Apollo and a young man, Hyacinthus.
Excerpt from 'Roughing It': Lost in the Snow
A man and his companions struggle to reach their destination in the snow.
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”
A woman runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.
Excerpt from Swann's Way
A narrator describes being on the verge of sleep.
A town takes part in an annual ritual called “the lottery.”
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
The Star and the Lily
Hamilton Wright Mabie
A chieftain tells the story of how the lily was created.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon
Three Englishmen travel across Africa in a hydrogen filled balloon in this excerpt from Jules Verne’s novel.
Arriving at Emerald City
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy and her friends arrive at the Emerald City to meet the Great Oz.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
Excerpt from Sister Carrie
A country girl sets out with nothing but a train ticket, four dollars, a Chicago address on a slip of paper, and a heart full of illusions.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd
A young woman captures attention of men at the market.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.