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Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars

Poems to integrate into your English Language Arts classroom.

by The Editors
Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars
From literacymathideas.blogspot.com

One of the key requirements of the Common Core State Standards for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. To better serve teachers who are looking for text exemplars, we've collected the poems on our site that are listed in CCSS for ELA: Appendix B. 

Kindergarten - 1st Grade

 "As I Was Going to St. Ives" by Anonymous

"Mix a Pancake" by Christina Rossetti

"Singing-Time" by Rose Fyleman

"The Fox's Foray" by Anonymous

"The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" by Edward Lear


2nd & 3rd Grades

 "[The morns are meeker than they were]" by Emily Dickinson

"Who has Seen the Wind" by Christina Rossetti

"Afternoon on a Hill" by Edna St. Vincent Millay

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost

"The Jumblies" by Edward Lear

"The Pied Piper of Hamelin" by Robert Browning

"Your World" by Georgia Douglas Johnson


4th & 5th Grades 

"[A Bird came down the Walk]" by Emily Dickinson

"Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

"Dust of Snow" by Robert Frost

"Fog" by Carl Sandburg

"The Ecchoing Green" by William Blake

"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus


6th, 7th & 8th Grades 

"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg

"I like to see it lap the Miles" by Emily Dickinson

"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll

"Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman

"Oranges" by Gary Soto

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

"The Song of Wandering Aengus" by William Butler Yeats

"Twelfth Song of Thunder" by Anonymous [Navajo Tradition]


9th & 10th Grades

"I Am Offering This Poem" by Jimmy Santiago Baca

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson

"Loveliest of trees, the cherry now" by A.E. Housman

"Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Sonnet 73 ('That time of year thou mayst in me behold')" by William Shakespeare

"Song: Go and catch a falling star" by John Donne

"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

"Yet Do I Marvel" by Countee Cullen


11th & 12th Grades

"A Poem of Changgan" by Li Po

"A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne

"[Because I could not stop for Death]" by Emily Dickinson

"Demeter's Prayer to Hades" by Rita Dove

"Mending Wall" by Robert Frost

"Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats

"On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Phyllis Wheatley

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot

"The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter" by Ezra Pound

"Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman

"Song VII ('My song has put off her adornments')" by Rabindranath Tagore


Originally Published: October 28, 2013


On January 31, 2014 at 6:49pm IAN wrote:
Nice list to start with but needs much more diversity.

On March 28, 2014 at 7:43pm Dawn wrote:
...no kidding... Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks (God
& the preacher, respectively, make a fine pair); Maya
Angelou, P Neruda; so many more just on this website

On July 20, 2014 at 10:49am Frank G Beck wrote:
I agree that Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks belong on this list.
As do Keats and Hardy. And where is Wilfred Owen, the poet whom
young people growing up in an imperial nation most need to read,
discuss and think about?

On November 19, 2014 at 11:45am Rachel wrote:
This list is such a bummer. Overwhelmingly white & male,
and not even toward the end of including the best
possible poetry. "The Raven"? Really? Gah.


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