"...Planters invented peanuts, and Exxon-Mobil discovered oil." "Very good, Jeremy," said Mr. Alword, "you may sit down." He turned to the rest of the class. "Now, if you will all turn to page," his laser pointer struck the day's assignment on the whiteboard, "three hundred twenty-three in your history texts, we can resume yesterday's lesson."
Kim often had questions during their history lessons, but she usually kept them to herself. This time, she raised her hand. Mr. Alword gestured for her to speak. "If inventing or discovering something means you get the profit from it, why does Don get full marks for copying my homework? He didn't write it." The other students murmured, and she could feel Don staring at her.
Mr. Alword didn't smile. "Do you have any proof that Don is copying your work?"
She shook her head. "Then perhaps you should spend more time deciphering a way to increase your profit from your own work, rather than what someone else may or may not be doing with it. In exchange for that interruption, why don't you begin our reading. Second paragraph, please."
Kim sighed and looked at her book. "When George Washington first discovered the American continent..."