Here is the second grade canon. Each is a beloved work of literary genius. We inherit ideas passed down to us from antiquity as we consider the value of virtuous living. Furthermore, stories, even some contemporary ones, are the best place for a child to learn the ancient and universal lessons. Great stories are not didactic and they do not “force” the lesson to be learned but allow it to be discovered. Flannery O’Connor, American writer, said, “a story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way. [...] You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate.” With this truth in mind, and as a teacher, I strive to use the subject matter for what it is worth. Indeed, I make no apologies for focusing on virtue and moral themes. That is what a classical education is all about.