Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

1. CYNTHIA RAHN interviewed by her friend ADRIENNE LEA

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Some educational experts believe that it is important for parents to help their children with their homework.  Do you agree?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Tell what happened to Cynthia Rahn when she received a homework assignment from her kindergarten teacher.  Explain what the assignment was and why the class was excited about it.   Mention why Cynthia felt insecure in the class.  Explain why she went to sleep without doing the assignment.  Describe what Cynthia saw when she woke up the next day and how she then felt about school and her mom.

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.