Some students still whip into school propelled by their weighty backpacks or rolling them on wheels looking like they are traveling to Mexico, instead of math class. Those heavy backpacks are so old school! Here’s how this new generation does it. BAM! Instead of having to take all those thick textbooks back and forth from school, many teens now simply snap a picture of their homework assignment pages on their cellphones. No fuss, no muss. No notebooks either, as many teens just write their work on a computer or on paper they leave at home.
No giant books to mess up your perfect Vera Bradley or Louis Vuitton handbag -- or your back. Not only does it lighten your load, it’s easy on your wallet. You can save on school supplies, especially those pricey North Face backpacks. Some teachers also lessen the burden by putting their homework lessons online, or having them accessible via a flash drive. What do you think is the next shortcut for making homework easier to complete? Not having to do homework at all? Stay tuned!
Backpack Facts •One study found that the average weight of backpacks students lugged around was 15 pounds. •About 5,000 children a year in the US wind up in emergency rooms due to backpack-related injuries. •In 2010, some 28,000 sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures caused by backpacks were treated in US medical facilities. Sources: nytimes.com, the Institute for Western Surgery, and knoxnews.com
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Literary License
Personification: the act of attributing human qualities to an animal, object, or abstraction.

Fear

Fear’s shadow is always next to me, saying, “Don’t be scared about life.” He is my reflection; my dark reflection. “My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me,” Green Day sings in “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” “I walk alone.” Sometimes we sit next to Fear. Maybe you think that if you run away everything’s going to be better. But that’s not true. You have to confront your problems. Fear told me about his friend, Forgiveness. He told me that Forgiveness teaches you to forget the bad moments in life and only remem- ber the good things -- the ones that are going to help you stay there and be with Love.
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Playfulness is a man who likes to play around. If you pass by his class, you will see him doing nothing and talking to his classmates. Playfulness likes to make jokes in school so people can laugh. In class, he always gets up for no reason. That’s when he’s present at all. Playfulness always has an excuse for coming late to class. Playfulness used to be a quiet soul. But a friend told him that he had to talk more and chill with others.

                                                             Now, Playfulness won’t stop fooling around.

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Craziness wears a red sock on his left foot and a black one on the right. Craziness is a boy who doesn’t care what others say about him. He just lives his life by smiling all the time, even if he’s sad. Craziness has long hair. He enjoys making people laugh. He doesn’t worry, even if he gets in trouble. He is friends with Happiness. Craziness loves to be different from others. That’s how he got his name.
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Happiness is never sad. People don’t understand how Happiness comforts himself. He gets that way because he’s Happy. He always feels free. Without freedom, Happiness doesn’t mean anything. Happy people know why they are on earth. Happiness wears a white T-shirt ev- erywhere he goes. White reflects others. No matter where Happiness wears his white T-shirt during his travels, he never seems to get dirty. Happiness loves Loneliness be- cause he wants to make her happy. But he doesn’t have the strength to tell her. He needs to go and talk to Courage.
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