Under Deadman's Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play

Under Deadman's Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play

by Jane Katch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807031291

ISBN-13: 9780807031292

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Beacon Press

The five-and six-year-olds in my class have invented a new game they call suicide. I have never seen a game I hate so much in which all the children involved are so happy.

So begins Under Deadman's Skin, a deceptively simple-and compellingly readable-teachers' tale. Jane Katch, in the tradition of Vivian Paley and Jonathan Kozol, uses her student's own

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The five-and six-year-olds in my class have invented a new game they call suicide. I have never seen a game I hate so much in which all the children involved are so happy.

So begins Under Deadman's Skin, a deceptively simple-and compellingly readable-teachers' tale. Jane Katch, in the tradition of Vivian Paley and Jonathan Kozol, uses her student's own vocabulary and storytelling to set the scene: a class of five-and six-year-olds obsessed with what is to their teacher hatefully violent fantasy play. Katch asks, 'Can I make a place in school for understanding these fantasies, instead of shutting them out?'

Over the course of the year she holds group discussions to determine what kind of play creates or calms turmoil; she illustrates (or rather the children illustrate) the phenomenon of very young children needing to make sense of exceptionally violent imagery; and she consults with older grade-school boys who remember what it was like to be obsessed by violence and tell Katch what she can do to help. Katch's classroom journey-one that leads her to rules and limits that keep children secure-is an enabling blueprint for any teacher or parent disturbed by violent children's play.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807031292
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,411,247
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION BY VIVIAN GUSSIN PALEY00
1. The Suicide Game1
2. Murderer6
3. Rated R8
4. The Party12
5. Runaways16
6. Obsessed20
7. Reserved28
8. He Knows I Know He Knows30
9. The F-word33
10. Anaconda38
11 Vulnerable Bad Guys, Electric Fences, and Poisonous
Snakes42
12. A Vulnerable Writer45
13. Strangled47
14. The Rules of Violence48
15. Girls!52
16. The White Ninja60
17. The Shooting Game62
18. Hippo and Baboon65
19. Bottled Up71
20. Baba Yaga74
21. Forgiveness77
22. Keeping Calm81
23. Half Bulldog, Half Chihuahua84
24. Exorcising the Exorcist86
25. Tortured91
26. Mama's Little Baby94
27. Puppy Power98
28. The Baby Business103
29. The Finger108
30. The Car Race111
31 A Cold Duckling, a School Shooting, and a Home for a
Dead Butterfly113
32. Placing Blame117
33. Empathy123
34. A Big, Big Teacher125
EPILOGUE128
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS131

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