Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1, You Can't Play, The Habit of Rejection Abstract
* As Paley turned sixty she became increasingly put off by the phrase "You can't play."
* Determined to remove this social practice of rejection from her Kindergarten classroom, Paley posted a new rule at the start of her class.
* Paley's twenty-five students were shocked, and only four (the...
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