"The Day I Was Born" Essay: Interviewing Your Parents
You will write a one-page essay (or narrative, or news flash, or diary entry, or fairy tale, or anecdote . . . you get the picture) about the date you entered the world kicking and screaming. Your written draft must be double-spaced, fully justified on both margins, in 12-point font.
While the Family Tree Project is definitely the story of your ancestors, it is also your story. Since there were at least two people at your birth, you may be able to interview both of them. If the doctor is unavailable, then interview both of your parents about the day your were born. This interview must be a video, and should include the circumstances of your addition to your family. Here are some of the questions you should ask:
Where was I born? (hospital, home, city, state, country)
What time of day was it?
Was it a long labor?
Was my birth difficult?
Why or why not?
What do you (person being interviewed) remember?
How old were you (person being interviewed) when I was born?
(If you have older siblings) Where were my brother(s)/sister(s) when I was born?
Who was there when I came home?
Was my birth scheduled, or was it a surprise?
How did you choose my name? Am I named after someone in the family?
In addition to asking questions of your parents and others about the happenings of your birth, you are also responsible to research what was happening in the larger world. Here are some of the questions you should seek to answer:
What was on television?
What song was popular?
What was going on in the world?
There are also some good additional questions listed on the Storycorps website as well. I've posted a screenshot below.