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Those works of fiction (or nonfiction) that people tend to study at school, often called the "canon". You can tell these by how many fanfics at FanFiction.Net have the writer telling you they wrote it for a school assignment and how many people on Facebook have them listed as their "favorite book" even though they never mention reading anything else. Often where we are taught how to plant Epileptic Trees and first learn that Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory.

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Almost none of them were written with the intent of being studied and analyzed in a classroom, and most of them were definitely not written for kids. However, there are two things that most of them share: historical and/or philosophical context, and a deeper meaning in every scene. In fact, these media often not being for kids can be used to help develop the maturity of students as they come to understand darker truths and realities about life.

It should also be noted that while everything on this list has held this distinction, a lot of them have had a revolving door as far as how often they are used. Some have stayed more consistent. That's typical; different generations and different areas have different ideas about some things. In other words, your "I read this in school" may also be "Why didn't I get this in school" to someone else. Even so, these works comprise their respective Canons because they reflect the ideas which have meant the most over time to the societies which uphold them. That said, some of these works have a long tradition (ex. The Divine Comedy) while others are fairly new (ex. Life of Pi).

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See also Small Reference Pools.

Compare Lit. Class Tropes, which is about tropes you'd most likely study at school. Also compare From Entertainment to Education, for works that are used as educational material for other disciplines.


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  • The Animaniacs songs "Yakko's World" and "Wakko's America" have been used to teach geography of the entire world and the United States, respectively.
  • As part of drug education programs like D.A.R.E., many people who attended elementary school in the 90's were shown Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.
  • Cyberchase for its math lessons.
  • The Magic School Bus has been used to teach science.
  • Schoolhouse Rock! for a variety of subjects. The most notable example is "The Preamble", whose chorus teaches the words of the titular part of the Constitution of the United States.

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