Tuesday, February 10

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 4 of the class. For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 5 and 6 are also available! If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on or before Saturday at 4PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in after 4PM on Saturday, or on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Please make sure you wait until you get comments back from me before you go on from the Week 3 assignment until Week 4. Thank you for your patience as I work my way through the stack!

Week 4 Storybook: Introduction. For your Week 4 Storybook assignment, you will be writing the first draft of the Introduction, and then in Week 5 you will be revising the draft and publishing the Introduction online. A few students have already finished the Week 5 assignment and published their revised Introductions. Just to give you a sense of the range of possibilities, you can see all three types: (1) some Introductions written in a tradition style, explaining the topic (Mallory's Love Goddess Storybook), (2) or you can start with a traditional Introduction and then segue into the frametale (as in Christa's Zen Storybook, Stephanie's Epic Journeys, or Erin's Trios at PerezHilton.Com), (3) or you can write the Introduction entirely contained inside the frametale (as in Austin's Forever My Brother Storybook or Olivia's Rajiv and F.R.I.E.N.D.S.). Which way you will choose to do your Introduction depends on your topic and your storytelling plan - it's up to you, based on what you think is the best way to draw your readers in!

Coverpage samples. For the Week 4 Internet assignment, you will be publishing a coverpage for your Storybook. It needs to contain at least one image, or you may decide to use more images - that's up to you. As you design the coverpage you need to think about how to display the title, and the image(s), along with some good navigation to help people find their way to your Introduction online and, later, to each of your stories. This week I'll be posting some examples of different layouts people have used for their Storybook coverpages; click on the link for each Storybook to see the actual page: