Monday, March 22

Welcome back from Spring Break! Week 8 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 at the end of Week 8. Week 9 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, and especially this Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the past week during Spring Break or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 8 a.m. or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and reply to the assignments in the order they were turned in, beginning with the assignments turned in on the Friday before Spring Break, March 12.

Grading. With the beginning of Week 9 tomorrow, that means there are a total of seven more weeks of the semester (9-10-11-12-13-14-15), which means 210 points of regular assignments available, plus extra credit (extra credit that is available week by week, plus the Grammar Quiz extra credit options). You may want to start planning now how you want to finish up the class. For a chart that shows you week by week point totals and other information about the grading system, you can consult this Grading Information page. It's fine with me if you want to finish the class with a grade of "B" when you get 360 points or "C" when you get 320 points; for an "A" you need 410 points. So, when you have reached the the points required for the grade you want to take, just let me know. As soon as you get the points you need, you do not need to do any more of the class assignments.

This Week: Sherman Alexie at OU! Thanks to the folks at World Literature Today, the fabulous Native American writer Sherman Alexie is in Norman this week. There are a whole series of events connected with his visit to campus, including a public lecture on Friday, March 25, at 11AM in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Union. You can see a complete schedule of events (including film showings) here at the World Literature Today website. Sherman Alexie is one of my very favorite writers. You may have seen the wonderful film Smoke Signals, for which he wrote the screenplay. If you are interested in reading his books, I can recommend no better place to start than The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. What a great book!!!