Tuesday, February 9

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 4 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 4 is on top. This week's topic is 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 2PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in after 2PM 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.

Week 4 Internet: Coverpage. For your Internet assignment in Week 4, you will be publishing a coverpage for your Storybook. If you are using GoogleSites, this means you will create a NEW SITE, and the homepage for that new site will be your coverpage. If you are using Composer, you will create a new page called storybook.html (or something like that) and it will be your coverpage - although be careful; if you already published a page with that name in a previous class, make sure you give your page a diferent name so it will not erase your previous work.

Storybook Coverpages published! Some people have already published their coverpages - and some people already have their Introduction pages published, too. To see the new Storybooks for this semester, check out the lists for each class: Myth-Folklore, World Literature and Indian Epics. Congratulations to all of you who are working so far ahead! (The list is complete as of the coverpages people had done over the weekend - for those of you who added coverpages on Monday, I'll add your pages to the list on Tuesday!)

February 9: Paul Laurence Dunbar. Today marks the death in the year 1906 of the great African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar was born a free man, in the state of Ohio, in the year 1872, but both of his parents had been slaves. His father served in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, a black regiment of the Union Army whose story is told in the amazing film, Glory. There is a special section of the Library of Congress website dedicated to Dunbar's poetry - it is definitely worth browsing through! The image below shows a poster advertising a public reading by Dunbar of his poetry (Ohio Historical Society):