Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

8. Cousins CHERIE JOHNSON and JAMES RANSOM reminisce about visits to their grandmotherís home

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that children should be punished for lying?  Why or why not?  Were you ever caught in your lies, and what lessons did you learn from these experiences?

Post-reading guided summary:  Tell how Miss Lizzie Devine taught James Ransom not ever to lie again.  Describe Miss Lizzie Devine and explain why James was afraid of her.  Explain where she took the children on Sundays and why James was embarrassed on a given day.

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.