Wednesday, October 6

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 7 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet (adding your first story), you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

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 by 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday night, or on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Mid-Term Grade Reports. If you did not read Tuesday's announcements, please see the note there about the university's mid-term grade reports.

Week 7 Internet assignment. Likewise, if you did not read Tuesday's announcements, please make sure you take a look at that; the instructions for the Internet assignment this week are somewhat different from last week since you will be reading the Introduction AND a story at the Storybooks you comment on this week.

Flexible Storybook schedule. (repeat announcement) If you were out of town over the weekend and are not ready to turn in your Week 6 Storybook assignment, you might choose to skip the assignment and go on the "one-week-off" schedule. You will still end up with four stories total in your Storybook, turning in your first story in Week 7, and your remaining stories in Week 9, 11, and 13. You can find out more about how the flexible Storybook schedule works on this Storybook Schedule page.

October 6: William Tyndale. On this day in the year 1536, the religious scholar William Tyndale was executed. His crime was translating the Bible into English. He was strangled in a public execution, and this body was then burnt at the stake. His last words were reportedly, "Lord! Open the King of England's eyes!" (the King of England at the time was the notorious Henry VIII). You can read about Willian Tyndale's remarkable life and scholarly career in this Wikipedia article. For a sample of Tyndale's beautiful but very archaic English prose, you can read his rendering of the story of Noah and the Ark. The image below shows Tyndale at the stake: