SCENE 1, INTERIOR. MORNING. CLASSROOM. The students are in the classroom working on assignments. As the teacher works with three or four students at the back table, a boy at a nearby desk addresses him.
JOEY: Mr. Z, literature responses are on Monday, right?
JOEY: Good…I was thinking about doing mine on the math book.
TEACHER: [unbelievingly] The math book?
TEACHER: Now, you do realize that you’d have to read the entire book to do a response on it, right?
JOEY: The whole thing?
TEACHER: Yep, words, numbers and all.
JOEY: Maybe I’ll pick another book.
TEACHER: Good idea. [Pause] By the way, what were you planning to do for a project?
JOEY: I was thinking of drawing pictures of the different math symbols and showing them to everybody.
TEACHER: Because that would be so much fun for everyone else?
JOEY: Yeah, I thought they’d like it.
TEACHER: Probably as much as getting their gums scraped.
[The boy laughs].
[Fade to black]