Tuesday, October 6

Today is Tuesday, the first day of WEEK 7 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Grades. This week the university sends out mid-term grade reports... but the problem is that they do this based on data from over two weeks ago! (There is always a delay, but this semester the delay was increased because of the oZone conversion.) So, if you want to check on your current progress in this class, you will find this Points Chart more helpful than the university mid-term grade report. The Chart shows, week by week, just how many total points you should have each week in order to get the grade you are aiming for. The semester is not even half over yet, so there is plenty of time to improve your grade; if you have any questions about your points or progress in the class, let me know.

Week 7 Internet assignment. For the Week 7 Internet assignment, which is available now, you will be reading Storybook Introductions AND a story from each Storybook. Since you have more reading to do this time, you will have just THREE Storybooks that you comment on - and you need to make sure there is a story to read at each of those Storybooks. If the Storybook does not have a first story published yet, please skip it and go to another one instead. You can definitely do the assignment now; you do not have to wait on someone who is running late with their first story. So, if you want to do the Week 7 Internet assignment now, it's ready to go!

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in before 3PM on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still 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.

October 6: William Tyndale. On this day in the year 1536, the religious scholar William Tyndale was executed. His crime was translating the Bible into English. He was strangled in a public execution, and this body was then burnt at the stake. His last words were reportedly, "Lord! Open the King of England's eyes!" (the King of England at the time was the notorious Henry VIII). You can read about Willian Tyndale's remarkable life and scholarly career in this Wikipedia article. For a sample of Tyndale's beautiful but very archaic English prose, you can read his rendering of the story of Noah and the Ark. The image below shows Tyndale at the stake: