Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

10. ANTHONY D’ANDREA interviewed by his daughters MONICA MCINERNEY and MARY D’ANDREA

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Childhood sports and games are often great outlets for boys and girls. Do you believe it is important for children to play? Why or why not?  Give examples from your own childhood in support of your opinion. 

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe what was exciting and disappointing about Anthony D’Andrea’s quest for signatures on the baseball he had found on the street from the Yankees’ ’43 championship team.  Explain how this childhood memory of this first-generation son of Italian immigrants seemed critical to the development of his self-esteem.

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.