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.
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.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
In this poem, a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.
There's a certain Slant of light
A speaker describes a slant of light on a winter day.
Valentine for Ernest Mann
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker describes finding inspiration for poetry from the world around them.
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the experiences of Civil Rights activist Sylvia Mendez, as a child.
At the Zoo
William Makepeace Thackeray
The speaker describes the animals they see during a visit to the zoo.
Joseph O. Legaspi
In this poem, the speaker compares immigrants to amphibians.
Bringing Baby Home
A speaker describes bringing their baby home for the first time.