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.
Thank You, M'am
A young boy unsuccessfully tries to steal a woman’s purse.
A lawyer and a banker make a bet that takes fifteen years to settle.
A woman is expected to join a sisterhood following the death of her mother.
The Monkey's Paw
A man makes a wish on a charm that is given to him by an old friend and suffers the consequences.
Excerpt From “The Grasshopper”
A couple leads a happy life, despite their contrasting interests.
Excerpt from “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street”
A narrator hires a scribe who doesn’t do as he is asked.
Excerpt from “The Trip of Le Horla”
Guy de Maupassant
In this excerpt from a short story, a narrator describes his travels in a flying balloon.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”
A woman runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.
A town takes part in an annual ritual called “the lottery.”
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
The Rocking-Horse Winner
In this short story, a boy tries to provide for his family by betting on horse-races.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
A man struggles to find anyone willing to help him answer his question in a government office.
A daughter comes home to visit her mothers and sister with a new understanding of her identity.