Tuesday, October 26

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 10 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 10 is on top. This week's topic is fairy tales in Myth-Folklore, Boccaccio's Decameron in World Literature, and in Indian Epics you're finishing up Narayan's Mahabharata. Note: If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

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 on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in 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.

Finishing up the class: Storybooks. As I've mentioned before, there is no absolute requirement about the number of stories in a finished Storybook, and based on your strategy for getting your points in the class, you can finish your Storybook when it has two stories or three stories or four stories - it is up to you! The Week 14 and Week 15 Storybook assignments are final revisions, so if you are stopping with just three stories, for example, you can skip Week 12 and Week 13 and go straight to the final revision assignments. Several people have finished the class already, and you can see that their Storybooks contain two or three or four Storybooks - it all depends on what you prefer! Amber (Greek Goddesses on Trial) finished up her Myth-Folklore Storybook with four stories; in Indian Epics, Dhara (A Disney Retelling: Karma) has two stories in her Storybook, Lisa (My Mystical Travels in India) has three stories in hers, and Lauran has four (Karma Dreams). Congratulations to these students for finishing up the class so early!

Week 10 Internet assignment: Extra credit option. The Week 10 Internet assignment is available now and in addition to the usual task of reading three Storybooks and commenting on them, there is an additional "extra credit" option where you can read three more Storybooks and comment on them for an additional 6 points. Last year a student suggested that I add this option for the next few weeks so that you have more of a chance to read all the Storybooks in your class, and that seemed like a good idea to me! So, in Week 10, and also in Week 11 and Week 12, you have the option of doubling up and reading more Storybooks for extra credit if you want.

October 26: Carlo Collodi. Today, October 26, marks the anniversary of the death in the year 1890 of the Italian author, Carlo Collodi, who is best known today as the creator of the the story of Pinocchio, the little boy made of wood. If you have never read the actual Pinocchio story, I highly recommend it - it's a surprising and beautiful and mysterious book, definitely one of the best books ever written for children, in my opinion. Here is Pinocchio in English online. You can also read an English version with the famous illustrations by Attilio Mussino online, which is the source for the image below: