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.
Thank You, M'am
A young boy unsuccessfully tries to steal a woman’s purse.
A lawyer and a banker make a bet that takes fifteen years to settle.
A woman is expected to join a sisterhood following the death of her mother.
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 “The Grasshopper”
A couple leads a happy life, despite their contrasting interests.
Excerpt from Believing in Horses
A young girl and her horse get caught in a storm.
Excerpt from Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
A horse named Black Beauty describes being saddled up by his master.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
Victor Frankenstein’s creature confronts Frankenstein and demands that he listen to how he has suffered.
Excerpt from “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street”
A narrator hires a scribe who doesn’t do as he is asked.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
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.