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These are works of fiction or nonfiction that people tend to study during their education. These are usually to be works that are considered cultural or historically significant, and thus important for students to learn about. They're also often used because they allow students to practice specific analytical skills. These works can serve as an introduction to concepts that might otherwise be difficult for students to understand, and therefore they tend to be broadly accessible and not overly experiment or avant-garde, especially for works taught at primary and secondary levels.

See also Small Reference Pools, as these works form a pool of well-known works.

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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    Comic Books 
  • Fun Home: Common in classes studying LGBT issues.
  • Maus: Notable for being used in increasingly more history and literature classes despite being a graphic novel.
  • Persepolis



    Live-Action TV 

  • Unix is widely studied in computer science classes, particularly those on operating system design.
  • AsapSCIENCE has become a staple in middle and high school science classrooms. Especially popular is their Periodic Table Song.


    Video Games 
  • Bioshock has been used to showcase the detriments of unrestrained capitalism, i.e. Ayn Rand's own ideology on capitalism and the individual.
  • The Last of Us has been implemented in several textbooks for game narrative design and is making its way into writing classes.
  • Super Solvers
  • It's not uncommon to see Team Fortress 2 come up in lessons about video game character design.

    Web Animation 
  • OverSimplified: Some comments on the videos have said that the videos are shown in their classes.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • As part of drug education programs like D.A.R.E., many people who attended elementary school in the '90s were shown Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.
  • Schoolhouse Rock!: Made explicitly for this purpose in order to teach kids various concepts in the form of easily memorized song lyrics.