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.
6-8 Poetry Exemplars
"Chicago" Carl Sandburg
"I, Too, Sing America" Langston Hughes
"Jabberwocky" Lewis Carroll
"Oranges" Gary Soto
"Paul Revere's Ride"  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Road Not Taken" Robert Frost
Common Core Text Exemplar Videos