Monday, December 8

Today is Monday. Week 14 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Week 15 - the last week of the class! - will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started.

Desire2Learn: Monday morning outage. There is another scheduled maintenance outage on Monday morning, from 7AM to 8AM (presumably they are doing some further testing on whatever they were working on when they did the D2L maintenance on Friday). Since you do not have any assignments due on Monday, this should not be a problem - but if you have gotten in the habit of using the Monday morning grace period, you should be aware that Desire2Learn will be unavailable from 7AM to 8AM. Normally, IT is very good about getting the system up and running at the scheduled time, but if there are delays, you can check the website for the latest information.

Grading and points. As you can see in the Grading Information page, you need 410 to get an A, 360 points to get a B, and 320 points to get a C. When you get the number of points you need, you are done! If you can let me know when you are done with the class, I will record the letter grade for you in the Gradebook so that you can be sure you are finished with everything for the class.

Storybook stack. On Monday morning, I will update the contents of the stack, and I will start working my way through the stack based on the order in which things were turned in. As I explained last week, if these Storybook points might give you the points you need to finish up the class, let me know and I'll move your assignment to the top of the stack. Meanwhile, you can always check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment.

December 8: Joel Chandler Harris. Today, December 8, marks the birthday in 1848 of Joel Chandler Harris, one of the most important folklorists of the American South, still famous today for his collection of "Uncle Remus" stories. You can read more about Harris in this Wikipedia article, and at this background page for the Myth-Folklore unit based on the stories Harris collected. The image below shows Brer Rabbit and Brer Tarrypin (the turtle) talking with the ladies in an illustration from an 1881 edition of Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings.