Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

4. PAUL MORTIMER speaking with SHAWN FOX

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Some people blame their parents for their own mistakes in life.  Do you agree with this attitude?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe Paul Mortimer’s hopes for a life outside of prison.  Comment on the tragedy of not fulfilling his wishes that he faces.  Consider also the kind of dignity that he attained simply through his expression of hope for change even though he was unable to translate his words into reality.

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.