Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

2. MANNY DIAZ, JR. interviewed by his friend BLANCA VASQUEZ

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that children can be lost without the presence in their lives of a mother or father or other adult figure who wants the best for them?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe how Manny Diaz, Jr.’s mother’s vision and confidence in him got him the kind of education that he deserved to have.  Comment also on his reference to the value of growing up during the Great Depression, when “Everybody [was] poor and nobody [felt] poor” (171).

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.