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Poetry 180: A Poem A Day for American High Schools
Discipline
Reading
Grades
9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary
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Created by Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the United States, Poetry 180 is designed to make poetry an active part of students' daily experiences in American high schools. This resource provides a bank of contemporary poems, one for each day of the academic year, that may be downloaded, printed, and shared in school settings. The goal of the project is to acquaint students with the works of contemporary poets by reading a poem each day, separate from other academic requirements. Access to this list is easy and provided at no cost to schools. (author/ncl)


Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
Grades 6–12
Anchor Standards 6-12
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
Key Ideas and Details
CCRA.R.1 
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCRA.R.2 
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Craft and Structure
CCRA.R.4 
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCRA.R.7 
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
CCRA.R.9 
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
CCRA.R.10 
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Ohio English Language Arts Standards (2001)
Reading Applications: Literary Text Standard