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.
What Is a Rocket?
Rockets are important tools that allow scientists and astronauts to explore space.
The Scientific Method
Barrett Smith outlines the steps and significance of the scientific method.
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.
Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
Barrett Smith discusses the 13-year-old activist and her campaign to collect books with black girls as the main characters.
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.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
A young girl meets a bear during her journey.
The Peace Corps Journey
Jennifer Borgen explains what the Peace Corps is and what volunteers can expect when they choose to work abroad.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
The Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Arriving at Emerald City
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy and her friends arrive at the Emerald City to meet the Great Oz.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
Father of All Forecasters
Charles Brusso discusses the man who developed the foundation of weather forecasting, Cleveland Abbe.
Maureen Ash discusses the discovery of a fish that was believed to be extinct.
Of Feathers, Fat, and Freezing
Donna DeVoe DiFolco
Donna DeVoe DiFolco explains why chickadees are able to survive in extremely cold conditions.
Most Valuable Player
Sarah Van Arsdale
A speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy for softball.
To Fly Like the Hawk and the Eagle
Iris Whitney discusses her first ride in a glider, a plane without an engine.