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.
A talented harpist is invited to play for the king of leprechauns.
Summer with Papaji
Jyoti Singh Visvanath
Jyoti Singh Visvanath discusses visiting her grandfather in the summer as a young girl.
The Smell of Rain
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator describes being able to smell oncoming rain.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Tony Medina explores the importance of poetry to Langston Hughes.
We Have Been Friends Together
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
A speaker discusses a conflict they are having with their friend.
The Poetry Quilt
A Puritan girl is discouraged from writing poetry by her sister.
This informational text explains how teenage male elephants make the transition into adulthood.
Growing Trees for Kenya
Wangari Maathai developed a movement to restore the forests in Kenya by planting trees.
A brother and a sister visit their great-grandmother in a nursing home.
The Mysterious Dark Day
Lois Minder Huey
Lois Minder Huey discusses a day where the northeastern American colonies went dark during the American Revolution.
A young girl struggles to fight boredom and loneliness after moving to a new home.
Life in a Totalitarian Country
This text describes the characteristics of totalitarian nations and provides examples.
Two ducks get married and celebrate with their friends.
PLESSY NEARS ITS END
The New York Times
Sixty years after the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, an author evaluates the state of racial segregation in the United States.
The Gospel of Doubt
Casey Gerald discusses how moments of disappointment have helped him learn how to embrace doubt.