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 Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
In an Amber Dome
A speaker describes a moment they share with someone close to them, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Most Valuable Player
Sarah Van Arsdale
A speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy for softball.
Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast
A speaker describes Aurelia Dobre’s gymnastics routine.
Turn, Turn, My Wheel
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes watching a potter mold clay.
Yesees and Noees
A speaker describes three different types of people: the “Yesees”, the “Noees”, and the “Thinkforyourselfees”.
A speaker tells a grown up that he should try “growing down”.
This Is Not a Small Voice
A speaker describes the strength and love of a collective set of people.
A speaker describes their outside face and their ‘underface.’
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
The speaker of the poem reflects on the faith placed in science in the modern world.