Friday, October 30 - Sunday, November 1

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 10! The Week 10 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 10 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in (I was out of the office most of the day Thursday, so I will be busy catching up on Friday!). I've read and replied to all the Week 9 assignments turned in on time, but if you turned in a late Week 9 assignment, or an early assignment for Week 10, 11 or 12, it may still be in the stack. My goal is to get comments back to everyone by the end of the day Friday for assignments turned in before Friday at noon. 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 want comments back before the weekend, make sure you turn in your assignment by noon on Friday.

Storybooks: CHOOSING to Stop with Three Stories. (repeat announcement) There is nothing sacred about having four stories in a Storybook. Some of you may have missed two weeks' worth of assignments earlier in the semester, so you already know you will have just three stories total. Others of you may CHOOSE to finish with just three stories by skipping two of the remaining Storybook assignments. Quite a few students choose to have just three stories in their Storybook every semester, and it is fine with me! So, think about that now - if you want, you could skip the Week 10 and Week 11 assignments and turn in your third (final) story in Week 12, or you can turn in your third (final) story for Week 10 now, revise in Week 11, and then skip Week 12 and Week 13. It's up to you, based on your personal preferences and the number of points you will be needing to get the grade you want (410 total for an A, 360 total for a B, 320 total for a C). If you decide to include just three stories total in your Storybook, make sure you revise the Introduction to reflect your choice.

Extra credit. For those of you who would like to finish the class early so that you have more time available for your finals and end-of-semester projects in other classes, you can work ahead AND you can take advantage of the extra credit! If you can do all the various extra credit options each week for the next five weeks, that will give you an extra 25 points, plus there are 30 points of Grammar Quiz extra credit points available - in other words, it will allow you to skip almost a full two weeks of this class and finish up early. For those of you who have big end-of-semester projects or really difficult final exams, I would highly recommend doing extra credit in this class and working ahead so that you can finish up early and concentrate on the end-of-semester demands in your other classes.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN. Halloween is this Saturday, of course, and I thought it would be appropriate to make a list of all the great "scary" Storybooks that people are doing this semester in case you wanted to find some good stories to read for Halloween. So, here are some of the ghostly and scary Storybooks that people are writing this semester - you will find all kinds of wonderful stories to read for the Halloween holiday!
Plus, if you are curious about the Celtic origins of Halloween, be sure to take a look at Kerry's Storybook about the Celtic goddess Cailleach - she has just added her fourth story, which is all about the holiday of Samhainn... a holiday we know today as Halloween!

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin...