Thursday, March 31

Today is Thursday of WEEK 10 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that UNTIL NOON today for partial credit. For those of you in Myth-Folklore or World Lit, Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Storybook Stack. I've still got a few items left in the Storybook stack. If you turned your Week 9 Storybook in on time, you should have comments back from me; if you turned in a late Week 9 assignment, or an early Week 10 or Week 11 assignment, it is probably still in the stack. You can check to make sure you assignment is in the stack here. If you want comments back from me by the weekend, please get your Storybook assignment turned in by Friday at noon so that I can get comments back to you on Friday afternoon.

Storybooks: Three-story option. If you are on schedule right now with the Storybook, turning in your third story for Week 10, you may decide to finish the Storybook with just three stories. So, think about that when you go to add the new story to your Storybook for Week 10. If you want to stop with three stories, make sure you give your Storybook a sense of "ending" with that third story. For a great example of a complete Storybook with a dramatic conclusion in the third story, see Robbie's Adventures of Sailor Crusade. If you decide to finish with just three stories, here is what you would do: Week 10 Third Story; Week 11 Revise Third Story; (skip Week 12 and Week 13); Week 14 Revise Introduction; Week 15 Final Revisions. It's up to you, based on your personal preferences and the number of points you will be needing to get the grade you want (410 total for an A, 360 total for a B, 320 total for a C).

UC Action Tutoring. In addition to the tutoring services at the Writing Center, there are also some great tutoring services through University College as part of the UC Action program. So if you are stressing out about a class and would like some help, check to see if there is something at UC Action that will work for you; they offer tutoring services for many lower-division intro classes, along with some upper-division classes too.

My Thursday schedule. I try to schedule my out-of-office commitments on Wednesday or Thursday. This week, I am going to be out of the office for part of the day on Thursday. That means I may be a bit more slow to respond to your emails today than on the other days of the week - but if you send me an email during the day today, I'll definitely get back to you by the end of the day.

March 31: Charlotte Bronte. Today marks the anniversary of the death of Charlotte Bronte in the year 1855. Charlotte Bronte was one of the famous "Bronte sisters" - Charlotte is famous for having written the novel Jane Eyre, while her sister Emily is the author of Wuthering Heights. You can read more about Charlotte Bronte in this Wikipedia article, and you can read Jane Eyre online at Project Gutenberg. Meanwhile, for a modern take on the Brontes, check out the Bronte Sisters Power Dolls (fake) ad at You Tube - it's a hoot!