“A Mother in Manville” Reading Guide
Connect to Your Life
Have you ever chosen to spend time alone? Have you ever felt lonely? What do you think is the
difference between being lonely and being alone? Use the boxes below to list feelings and experiences
that show the difference.
Key to the Story
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? An orphanage is an institution for the care of children whose parents have died
or whose parents can no longer take care of them. At the time of the story, orphanages were more
common than they are today. What images come to mind when you think of an orphanage? See if your
images match the images in the story.