Joe

TEACHER'S COPY - MAY COPY PAGE 2 FOR YOUR STUDENTS

Identification and Discussion Questions

1. How would you describe Joe?

(Answers can vary, but probably, "a good person" would be among them.

2. Why did Joe not think that Mary would be attracted to him?

(He probably thought that he was too plain for her since she was attractive.)

3. Why did Joe change his mind about Mary's likelihood of liking him?

(They had good conversations. She probably seemed to have the same values he had.)

4. How would you rank (a) looks and (b) similar values in how much they should matter in a relationship?

5. How do you think Joe felt when he heard her say she was with child?

6. What does Mother Moon think is the heart of humanity?

(accepting the imperfections in others)

7. Is Moon's advice for finding happiness here different than in the story of Barnum?

(Perhaps so. In Barnum she advises him to help others; here it is to accept the faults of others. Perhaps what is required to be happy depends on the individual; however, it may be that the advice is actually the same: we must accept the faults of others to help them (and ourselves), and in helping others, we accept their faults.)

8. Consider your present image of Faith Moon: Do you now picture her differently than you did when first asked how you saw her after the first story? If so, how and why? If not, why do you think that's true?

Diverse Thinking

How does the picture on page 83 relate to this story?

Just for Today

Make a list of your strengths and a list of your weaknesses.

Ask a good friend to make a list of your strengths and list of your weaknesses.

Compare the lists. Were you surprised? Were there differences?

Sometimes what we see in ourselves, others don't see. Accepting faults within ourselves and seeing strengths in others will help everyone you interact with to be happier.

Vocabulary

primarily


principal (thoughts)


conducted


issues


depths


steeled (himself)


distortion


faults