Tuesday, September 15

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 4 of the class. That means ancient Greece in Myth-Folklore, Sufi stories in World Literature, and a new version of the Ramayana in Indian Epics. 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 Sunday at noon, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in after noon 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.

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:

September 15: Marco Polo. Today, September 15, marks the birthday of the great Italian explorer Marco Polo in the year 1254. Marco Polo together with his father and his uncle were among the first Europeans to travel and live in China (Marco spent almost 20 years in China). After he returned to Europe in 1295, Marco Polo wrote a marvelous account of his travels, part fact and part fiction, which is known in English as The Travels of Marco Polo (Il Milione in Italian). You can read more about Marco Polo in the detailed article at Wikipedia, which is also the source for this image, showing an illuminated manuscript of Marco Polo's famous account of his travels: