Thursday, September 15

Today is Thursday of WEEK 4 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you have UNTIL NOON TODAY to turn that in for partial credit. For those of you in Myth-Folklore, 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'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on or before Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, 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. I should be able to get through the remaining items in the stack by the end of the week. If you want comments back from me on a Storybook assignment, make sure you turn that in by Friday at noon. If you turn something in before noon on Friday, I will do my best to get comments back to you before the weekend!

Writing Center and Grammar Review. As you start working on your Storybook Introduction this week, and for all your future Storybook assignments, you are expected to turn in a formal piece of writing, with correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation. If you would like some extra help with that, make a visit to the Writing Center where you can get free assistance. For hours and services, see the Writing Center website. You can also work on specific problem areas by using the Proofreading Practice stories online, with answer keys. Not sure if you need practice? Look back at your Stonecutter story results from Week 1 - if you had trouble with that proofreading exercise, make sure you do some review before you turn in the Week 4 Storybook Introduction.

Week 4 Internet: Coverpages. (repeat announcement) For your Internet assignment this week, you will be publishing a Coverpage for your Storybook. If you are using Google Sites, this means you will create a NEW SITE, and the homepage for that new site will be your Coverpage. I hope you will enjoy creating a website for your Storybook! To get some ideas, you can visit these previous Storybooks that were created with GoogleSites last year in Myth-Folklore and in Indian Epics, and you can also take a look at this semester's new projects: Myth-Folklore Storybooks and Indian Epics Storybooks.

Thursday Events on Campus. There is a Student Success seminar that might be of real interest to everybody with a lot of reading to do this semester: Improving Reading Speed with Adequate Comprehension, Wagner Hall 245, Thursday, 5PM-6PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Thursday at the Campus Calendar online.

September 15: Marco Polo. Today, September 15, marks the birthday of the great Italian explorer Marco Polo in the year 1254. Marco Polo together with his father and his uncle were among the first Europeans to travel and live in China (Marco spent almost 20 years in China). After he returned to Europe in 1295, Marco Polo wrote a marvelous account of his travels, part fact and part fiction, which is known in English as The Travels of Marco Polo (Il Milione in Italian). You can read more about Marco Polo in the detailed article at Wikipedia, which is also the source for this image, showing an illuminated manuscript of Marco Polo's famous account of his travels: