Wednesday, January 26

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 2 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.

Storybook Stack. I'm still making my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday before 8PM, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in an assignment later on Sunday night or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Remember: save the emails I send you back about your Storybook assignments. My comments are marked with ==> in the body of the email, and you will need those comments when you go on to the next week's assignment.

Extra Credit: Grammar Quizzes. In addition to working ahead now at the beginning of the semester, before things get busy in your other classes, this is also a good time to do some of the Grammar Quizzes. They can help you to build up a cushion of extra credit in case you miss some assignments later on, and they can also help you review some aspects of English writing before you begin turning in your Storybook story pages. The grammar quizzes focus on common spelling and punctuation problems, based on what I have seen in student writing over the past ten years. So, if you have a few minutes, take some time to review things like Comma Rules and Apostrophe Rules and take an extra credit quiz to test your knowledge. Here is more information about the Grammar Quizzes.

Tech Tip emails. (repeat announcement) Until I get through the Storybook stack, I won't be responding to all the Tech Tip emails, but I'll get to that later in the week. Meanwhile, please feel free to go ahead and do more Tech Tips if you want. You certainly don't need to wait on my reply to your latest Tech Tip email for you to go ahead and do more of the Tech Tips.

WLT Book Club: TODAY. Here is information from Katlin about the event that was canceled because of the snow day last week. The World Literature Today Book Club meeting has been rescheduled for WEDNESDAY, January 26, at 12:30 pm in the WLT conference room (105 Monnet Hall, 630 Parrington Oval). Lunch will be provided. The discussion selection is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The February selection is A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church. FREE COPIES of February's book will be available at this week's meeting - so, come enjoy the discussion of Kite Runner, and get your copy of February's book, too! :-)

January 26: India Republic Day. On this day in 1950, the Indian Constitution came into force, making India officially a "Republic," and so January 26 is celebrated as "Republic Day" in India. You can read more about the holiday at Wikipedia. Each year on Indian Republic Day, heroes of the nation are celebrated. One of the heroes who has been honored as a hero of the nation on this day is the environmental activist, Sundarlal Bahuguna, a member of the Chipko movement fighting to preserve the forests in the Himalayas. The image shows Sundarlal Bahuguna standing in front of a painting that depicts his meeting with the Dalai Lama (source):