Wednesday, December 8

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 15 of the class. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WEEK 15: (repeat announcement) Week 15 is different from other weeks, because it ENDS ON FRIDAY AT NOON. So, if you will be doing some Week 15 assignments to finish up the class, please be aware of this special schedule: all the final Week 15 assignments are due by NOON ON FRIDAY at the latest. No late Week 15 Storybook assignment can be turned in for partial credit. All Week 15 assignments - including the Storybook assignment, Internet assignment, Blog Responding assignment, along with any extra credit you want to complete - must be done by Friday, December 10, at noon.

Grading and points. (repeat announcement) As you can see in the Grading Information page, you need 410 to get an A, 360 points to get a B, and 320 points to get a C. When you get the number of points you need, you are done! If you can let me know when you are done with the class, I will record the letter grade for you in the Gradebook so that you can be sure you are finished with everything for the class.

Storybook stack. There are just a few items in the stack right now, and I'm trying to turn them around as quickly as I can so that you will be able to see where you stand to finish up the class. As always, you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. NOTE: I will be out of the office for at least part of the day on Thursday, so I will probably not be as quick on Thursday responding to Storybook assignments you turn in as I can be today, Wednesday.

December 8: Joel Chandler Harris. Today, December 8, marks the birthday in 1848 of Joel Chandler Harris, one of the most important folklorists of the American South, still famous today for his collection of "Uncle Remus" stories. You can read more about Harris in this Wikipedia article, and at this background page for the Myth-Folklore unit based on the stories Harris collected (some of you may have read those Brer Rabbit stories last week). The image below shows Brer Rabbit and Brer Tarrypin (the turtle) talking with the ladies in an illustration from an 1881 edition of Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings.