1. Review the rubric for this project (at the end of this document).
  2. Listen to at least two of the Storycorps Stories that are of interest to you from the following:
  1. For each story you listen to, answer the following questions:
    • What are the interviewer and interviewee discussing and why is it important to them?
    • Why is it important to anyone else?
    • How did the time and place of the story influence the interviewee? (This is the historical context)
    • What was happening in the world at the time of the story?
    • How does this story fit into larger American narratives? (How does this story connect with other things happening in the US at the time? Or how is it different?)


  1. Of the stories you listened to, select your preferred one and write a summary of the story including the following details :
  2. Name of the story.
  3. Names of interviewer and interviewee.
  4. Location of the recording and locations referenced in the story.
  5. Details that hint at the interviewee’s identity (e.g. job, religion, mentions of race, gender).
  6. Explanation about why you chose the story for this project.


5.       Submit your document as one DOC, DOCX, OR PDF file to D2L.

Part 1 Criteria and grading


I am looking for evidence that you have a well-reasoned explanation for the story you chose and that you have listened to it with enough attention to the questions listed above.


Storycorps Paper




  1. Review the assignment rubric (again) to remind yourself of the expectation.
  2. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Schedule an appointment with the Writing Center to review your essay draft (this will also force you to make a deadline for yourself. To give yourself time to incorporate their suggestions, give yourself 2-3 days before the official due date.
  3. If you have not conducted a research project in college, go to this site from the KSU Library to understand how to find and analyze your sources.


Your sources have to be academic in nature for this project. Academic sources means the textbook, another book by an academic, articles found through Project Muse or another journal database, or a reputable online website run through an institution of higher learning (NOT or or Wikipedia-those are good places to start, but should not be your final citations).


  1. Find at least 3 academic sources to research the historical context of your Storycorps story.
  2. Write the paper:
    • Summarize the StoryCorps story including giving the full names of the interviewer and interviewee and naming at least one important location to the story.
    • Analyze the story and describe its historical context based on the research you have conducted.
    • Explain how what was happening in the United States at the time influenced the person’s experiences and how their experiences are part of the American story


  1. Cite your sources appropriately using your choice of APA, MLA, or CMS styles—the style doesn’t matter as long as you remain consistent. The KSU library refers to all the styles and provides details on how to cite. Look for the box here on the library’s website.




  1. Format and style your paper following these guidelines:
    • 750-1000 words (approximately 3-4 pages)
    • Double-spaced
    • 12-point font
    • 1-inch margins
    • APA, MLA, or CMS Citation style (use the one you are most familiar with)
    • Every paper must have an Introduction, Conclusion, and Topic Sentences for each paragraph


  1. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Receive and incorporate edits from Writing Center experts.
  2. Upload final paper to D2L by deadline.





Below Expectations

0-10 Points

Meets Minimum Expectations

11-25 Points

Exceeds Expectations

26-30 Points

Topic Selection

Only a few steps (see Part 1 on the assignment sheet) are completed. Most questions are not completely answered.


Most steps (see Part 1 on the assignment sheet) are completed. Some questions are not completely answered.


Each step (see Part 1 on the assignment sheet) is completed thoughtfully and with thoroughness.


Historical Context

Paper does not include historical information relevant to the story.


There is no attempt to place the story within its historical context.

Historical information relevant to the time period in which the story refers are included in some detail.


Historical details are clearly connected to aspects of the Storycorps story.

Historical information relevant to the time period to which the story refers is varied and described in rich detail.


Details are connected in a way that enriches our understanding of how the historical context impacted the StoryCorps story.


References & Support

There are no sources or they are all not academic.


No in-text citations. / No bibliography/ works cited/ references page.

There are three academic sources and they are incorporated.


In-text citations are included, but may contain some errors.


Bibliography exists and is in alphabetical order—some minor errors exist.

There are three academic sources and they are incorporated in a seamless way.


In-text citations are included and not errors are evident.


Bibliography exists and is in alphabetical order—some minor errors exist.



Paper is highly unorganized and/or difficult to follow. Introduction and/or conclusion are missing.



There are minor grammar and stylistic errors throughout but they do not impact readability.


Follows suggested or comparable organization for paper. Introduction and conclusion are included.

There are very few, if any, grammatical or stylistic errors.


Follows suggested or comparable organization for paper. Introduction, conclusion, and topic sentences are all used effectively.


Polished nature of paper reflects efforts to revise paper based on feedback from Writing Center or Dr. Trivedi

Storycorps Elements Paper does not summarize story or introduce interview participants. Story is adequately summarized and all interview participants are identified appropriately. There are some missing details. Interview participants are clearly identified. Story is summarized in a complete and engaging way including all relevant details. No missing details.