Monday, November 30

Today is Monday, and I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving break! Week 13 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 14 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. The Week 15 assignments are also available now, too!

Storybook stack. As you can imagine, the Storybook stack is HUGE because of all the people who took advantage of the week-long break in order to work ahead on their Storybook, in addition to the Week 13 assignment that was due. On Monday morning, I'll update the contents of the stack, and I will begin working my way through the stack based on the order in which things were turned in - but it is definitely going to take me a while to work through the stack, so please be patient! You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment.

Week 14 Internet assignment. For the Week 14 Internet assignment, you'll be doing an online course evaluation of this class, just as you do course evaluations using the "bubble forms" in your regular classroom classes. The online evaluation will take place at the website, and the evaluation should be available soon (???), although I am not sure just exactly when it will start. You will be receiving an email directly from the College of Arts & Sciences with specific information about how to log on and complete the evaluation form as soon as it is ready.

November 30: Mark Twain. Today, November 30, marks the birthday of Mark Twain in the year 1835. As the author of Huckleberry Finn, Twain is one of the most important authors in the American literary tradition - and also one of the funniest. My favorite of Twain's books is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which you can read online - with illustrations, too! The image below shows Twain accepting an honorary degree at Oxford University in 1907: