CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
With Liberty and Justice for All?
A fictitious slave of Thomas Jefferson describes her life in slavery in this short story.
Ruth Spencer Johnson
A black girl in Montgomery, Alabama writes to her cousin about people’s refusal to use the bus as a form of protest.
Maurine V. Eleder
A girl and her sister encounter a dangerous dust storm.
Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation
A young girl and her father see a notice declaring that Armenians must leave their home.
A boy and his mother help a slave escape to the North.
The Poetry Quilt
A Puritan girl is discouraged from writing poetry by her sister.
The First Flag
Betsy Ross’s fellow seamstress recounts her experiences helping Ross make the first flag of the United States.
Columbus and the Egg
In this story, explorer Christopher Columbus teaches his critics a lesson about discovery.