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.
The speaker reflects on their family’s roots in Vilna, a city that a vibrant Jewish community called home before the Second World War.
Ode on a Grecian Urn
In this poem, John Keats describes a series of images on a Grecian urn.
A speaker describes the experience of caring for someone close to her.
On How My Mother Sleeps
A speaker describes a memory of her mother sleeping.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
A speaker describes Joan Benoit’s win at the first-ever women’s marathon held at the Olympic Games.
East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A young girl shares the experience of having her hair braided by her mother.
“Jabberwocky” tells the story of a boy who must follow his father’s advice as he encounters a creature called the Jabberwock.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
A young girl meets a bear during her journey.
Excerpt from The Odyssey: The Sirens
In this excerpt from the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the Sirens on his journey.
The Human Seasons
A speaker compares the stages of life to the four seasons.
Puerto Rican Obituary
Five Puerto Ricans find that they were unable to fulfill their dreams in America.
The Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.