Common Core State Standards Appendix B 
The following text samples exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require all students in a given grade band to engage with. The samples are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. While the choices serve as guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms, they do not represent a partial or complete reading list.
2-3 Poetry Exemplars 
"A Bat is Born"   Randel Jarrell
"Afternoon on a Hill"  Edna St. Vincent Milay
"Autumn"  Emily Dickinson
"Knoxville Tennessee"  Nikki Giovanni
"The Pied Piper of Hamelin"  Robert Browning
"Weather"  Eve Merriam
"Who Has Seen the Wind"  Christina Rosetti
 Read-Aloud Poetry
"Fireflies"  Paul Fleischman
"The Jumblies"  Edward Lear
"The Pied Pier of Hamelin"  Robert Browning 
"Your World"  Johnson, Georgia Douglas
Common Core Text Exemplar Videos