Friday, December 4 - Sunday, December 6

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 14! The Week 14 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 14 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon.

Storybook stack. As of Thursday evening, I had read and replied to all the Storybooks that had been turned in. If you want to turn in a Storybook to get comments and points before the weekend, make sure you turn that in by noon on Friday. If you turn something in after noon on Friday, check on Monday - that's when I will be updating the contents of the stack. Since the assignments are all revisions assignments, I hope that I will be able to reply promptly next week to Storybook assignments as they are turned in.

Storybook ballot results! Thanks to all of you who took the time to cast your ballot, and congratulations to the winners, to all the nominees, and to EVERYBODY who learned how to make your own website this semester: I hope that is a skill that will turn out to be useful to you in the future! :-)

Myth-Folklore Best Overall Storybook
Stephen - Mysterious Rock Star Deaths
Myth-Folklore Best Written Storybook
Dori - Oklahoma Ghost Stories
Myth-Folklore Most Creative Storytelling Style
PJ - Italian Fairy Tale Gossip
Myth-Folklore Best Storybook Design Overall
Kelcey - Looking Back to Wonderland
Myth-Folklore Best Storybook Topic
Wes - One Man's Misery: Dating Disasters

Indian Epics Best Overall Storybook
Jeff - Secret Journal of Thomas Hobbes
Indian Epics Best Written Storybook
Nate - Loyal Retainers: Campfire Tales
Indian Epics Most Creative Storytelling Style
Lindsay - Love is in the Hair
Indian Epics Best Storybook Design Overall
Megan Hose - Ganges Gazette: Birth Stories

World Lit Best Overall Storybook
Heather - Celtic Chronicles: Inside Ireland
World Lit Best Written Storybook
Ashley - Boundless Love: Cupid & Psyche
World Lit Most Creative Storytelling Style
Sarah - Dragons in Gypsy Tales

Final Grades. As you reach the points you need for your final grade in this class - 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B, 320 points for a C - let me know, and I'll record the letter grade for you there in the Desire2Learn Gradebook. You can mix and match whatever assignments you prefer to get the final points you need - but be careful as you make your choices, so that you don't accidentally come up short of the points you will need.

Friday, December 4: Omar Khayyam
. Friday marks the anniversary of the death in the year 1122 of the great Persian poet and scholar, Omar Khayyam. He is best known today for his collection of poems called the "Rubaiyat" (quatrains), but in his day he was renowned as a mathematician and also as an astronomer. Here is one of the quatrains in the famous translation by Edward FitzGerald:

With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with my own hand labour'd it to grow:
And this was all the Harvest that I reap'd -
"I came like Water, and like Wind I go."

You can read more about Omar Khayyam's remarkable life and career in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this image of Omar Khayam's tomb in Neishapur, Iran.