Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

4. JOYCE BUTLER interviewed by her daughter STEPHANIE BUTLER

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that single parents are “heroes” because they have to juggle their job responsibilities with the responsibilities they have for their children?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe Joyce Butler’s efforts to keep her family together.  Explain why she believes her mother was successful.

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.