Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

9. PHYLLIS JOHNSON interviewed by her friend DANNY PERASA

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  More and more women these days are taking jobs as law enforcement officers.  Do you agree that this is a good thing for society?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe Phyllis Johnson’s level of self-esteem and how it served her well in her career.  Explain how 9/11 “told” her that her life as a police officer had immediately come to an end.

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.