Tuesday, November 18

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 13 of the class. For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 14 and 15 are also available! That means all of the assignments are now available, and you can pick and choose based on the points you need to get to the grade you want to receive in this class. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 13 Internet assignment NOW AVAILABLE. Now that Week 13 has begun, the Week 13 Internet assignment is now available: you will be asked to nominate your favorite Storybook projects in various categories! You have all of Thanksgiving break to complete the Internet assignment. Then, after Thanksgiving, on Monday afternoon, December 1, after everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot so that you can vote on your favorite Storybooks; the ballot will be available between December 1 and December 4 so that everybody can have a chance to vote.

Week 13: Thanksgiving. Week 13 begins today, Tuesday, November 18, and you will have the usual Tuesday-Thursday assignments due this week. The Week 13 Responding assignment will become available on Friday, November 21, as usual - but nothing is due until after Thanksgiving. YOU WILL HAVE ONE WEEK OFF: There are no assignments due between Friday November 21 until after Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Day is November 27). Of course, you may want to choose to complete all the Week 13 assignments this coming weekend - it's up to you. The grace period for turning in your Week 13 assignments will be Monday, December 1, until noon. Then, Week 14 will start up on Tuesday, December 2. I am guessing that many of you will probably already be done with the class by the time Thanksgiving break arrives!

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. If you need just the points for the Storybook assignment(s) you have turned in in order to finish up the class, let me know and I will put your assignments up at the top of the stack.

November 18: William Caxton. Today, November 18, is a remarkable day in the history of English literature because on this day, in the year 1477, William Caxton produced the first printed book in England! The first printed book in Europe, the famous Gutenberg Bible, had been printed in Germany in 1453, and it was about 25 years later that William Caxton started printing books in England. You can read more about William Caxton's life and career in this Wikipedia article. The first book that William Caxton printed was not a Bible, but a book about Greek mythology: Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. I am most interested in Caxton because one of the other books he published was the first printed edition of Aesop's fables in English in 1484! The image below shows the fable of the man who debated with the lion from Caxton's edition of Aesop: