CommonLit The Library
CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
Clinging to Tradition, Mattaponi Fight Reservoir
Representatives from the town of Newport News and the Mattaponi Indians debate the building of a new reservoir.
Shauna Singh Baldwin
A woman describes washing her husband’s turbans.
A September Night
George Marion McClellan
A speaker describes a September night in the bayou.
Chemo Side Effects: Memory
A speaker describes their struggles with memory.
The Scientific Method
A speaker describes Thomas Edison’s laboratory and his work.
Excerpt from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
British Colonial Christian preacher, Jonathan Edwards, describes hell as a real place.
A Prayer for the Living
A narrator searches for their loved-ones among the dead, the result of a war and famine.
The Red Bow
A father is devastated when his daughter is killed by a diseased dog.
Excerpt from The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
James Weldon Johnson
A man describes his journey to Paris and his thoughts on the city.
Excerpt from “The Lotos-Eaters”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A group of sailors experiences strange effects after eating a special flower.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
On Winning the Coloring Contest in Second Grade
A speaker describes winning a coloring contest.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
In this poem, a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.