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.
Excerpt from “The Lotos-Eaters”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A group of sailors experiences strange effects after eating a special flower.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
The Mysterious Egg
A group of farm animals waits for a mysterious egg to hatch.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes her feelings about her natural hair over the years.
A speaker is questioned about the darkness of their skin when they inquire about leasing an apartment.
The Great Woolly Bear Hunt
Craig W. Steele
A speaker searches for a creature called a woolly bear.
Immigrants in Our Own Land
Jimmy Santiago Baca
An immigrant dreams of a better life but encounters a disappointing reality instead.
On Winning the Coloring Contest in Second Grade
A speaker describes winning a coloring contest.
A speaker describes a man’s experience after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.