Sunday, March 29, 2015

100 Point Project: Real Questions from Real Students.

Q: Can I buy out of this project?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I buy out of this project with $50?
A: Yes. You’d buy an F, though.

Q: I want to do the service project.
A: Awesomesauce.

Q: Can we make real actual money selling our books?
A: Yes. Yes you can. And once you know how to publish a book, you can publish books for other people. Think about it. You’re welcome.

Q: How many people do we need to interview for the Pretest option?
A: Ask 10 people the same 20 questions, or ask 20 people the same 10 questions.
Q: Is there a link on your blog?
A: There are a lot of links on my blog!

Q: Do we need to be in a group for the project?
A: Only if you choose the group project option.

Q: Where can I find sources for my project if I don’t know where to look?
A: TCC Library is awesome. No joke.

Q: How much can this project boost my grade?
A: Depends on which version you do, and what your grade is. If you are below the 50% mark now, I don’t see $100 bringing your grade up to a C in a course that has 1000 points. However taking the CUMULATIVE FINAL and doing very well on it can bring your grade up. No money can be used towards the cumulative final.

Q: What is a primary document? Where can I find primary documents?

Q: What if I have no history?
A: Eek! See me.

Q: I honestly don’t know what to do. I need help.
A: I hear you. Come see me.

Q: What if there are no documents?
A: Oh, there are documents. There are ALWAYS documents, you just have to broaden the scope. I’ll show you. Come see me.

Q: How many pages?
A: That’s an awkward question.  Research should be driven by content not by length. I hope you are writing on something that is interesting and important to you. The shorter your project, the less learning you are demonstrating.

Q: Can I earn $200?
A: It's all about that cash, hmmm? The most you can earn for the $100 project is $100. The service project will be a separate discussion. 

Q: I need $100. Help.
A: The best advice I can give you is spend your time this week researching and writing. If you want to publish the book for $100 I’d like to review a draft of your work by April 13.

Q: Do the people we ask the questions to need to be in our same class?
A: No. Please no. Don’t ask any current students the questions. Go out into the world and ask questions about history. Have fun.

Q: Have you read Blue Like Jazz yet?
A: No, I promise I will before the end of the semester. I’m still traumatized from the last book I read. I though the book was over then there was a whole separate horrible tragic ending and I need a hug. A lot of hugs, actually.

Q: Why does it say 50 if it’s 100?
A: OK what what? I think you’re referring to the 50 point options. If you choose a 50 point option, then do TWO of them to earn 100 points. Cool?

Q: I have not started. I’m going to come see you.
A: Yes.

Q: Should I keep writing my story? I want to add a second story to it?
A: Delicious. Bring it to me ASAP and let’s talk.

Q: Is there a free site to get documents?
A: Start with the library.

 Q: How much money does it cost to publish a book?

Q: Can I use your pretest questions?
A: Yes. And if you write your OWN questions, please pass them by me. Make sure to ask things you can answer. Avoid multiple choice questions*