You Can't Say You Can't Play Short Essay - Answer Key

Vivian Paley
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1. Why did Paley put up a sign with a new rule for play, and what was her the response of her class?

Paley was fed up with social practice of exclusion in play, the isolation and rejection, so she instituted a new play rule to negate this behavior in her classroom. She posted a sign with the new rule "You can't say you can't play." Her students were shocked.

2. In Chapter 1, how did Paley go about getting her students to accept this new play rule?

Wanting her students to accept and use the new rule, Paley began an imaginary story about a bird named Magpie, coming to help the outcast children.

3. In Chapter 1, how did teachers reinforce loneliness in children?

Students that already feel alone and are outcasts have this message reinforced when teachers consistently give the popular students more attention.

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