Tuesday, April 24

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 14 of the class. That means you are finishing up Buck's Mahabharata in Indian Epics (Week 15 will be a Mahabharata review week), while it's American folklore in the Myth-Folklore class. For those of you who are working ahead, Week 15 is also available, and I would really encourage you to finish those assignments now so that you can take full advantage of dead week next week. If you have not turned in your Week 13 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Storybook Ballots. I've tallied up the nominations that people turned in (thanks to everybody who participated in that part of the process!), and you can see the top nominations for each class here: Storybook Ballot Spring 2012. The ballot contains LINKS to all the Storybooks which you can use to refresh your memory or look at any Storybooks you have not seen before - and also to visit the Storybooks in the other class, if you are curious. For each class, you will find the actual ballot for voting in Desire2Learn in Week 14. This is just for fun - not for points or a grade or anything. If you have a few minutes to spare, please vote for your own personal favorites! The ballot will be available until 5PM on Thursday of this week and I'll announce the results Friday.

Storybook stack. There are still a lot of Storybooks in the stack; I've been focusing on the people whose Storybook assignment would give them the points they need to finish up the class. If you turned in an assignment before Sunday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack - and you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your email. Meanwhile, if the points for that assignment will give you the points you need to finish the class, send me a separate email to let me know, and I'll put your Storybook at the top of the stack.

Internet Assignments. The Week 14 Internet assignment will be available on Wednesday of this week; meanwhile, for those of you who are working ahead, the Week 15 Internet assignment is available now.

IMPORTANT Week 15 Schedule Note. For those of you who will still be doing classwork during Week 15 (dead week), please be aware that it is on a different schedule: the final deadline for Week 15 assignments is Friday, May 4, at noon. There is no weekend time and there is no Monday morning grace period since that would run into final exams. As a result, your Week 14 Storybook assignment must be turned in by Monday noon, April 30, at the latest - I cannot accept late Storybooks for Week 14 because that would not give me time to get comments back to you for your Week 15 assignment. So, please take note: there can be no late Week 14 Storybook assignments.

Tuesday Events on Campus. There will be a workshop on Final Exam Test Management Techniques in 245 Wagner Hall, 4PM-5PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 24: Daniel Defoe. Friday, April 24, is the anniversary of the death in the year 1731 of the great English writer, Daniel Defoe, who is best known today for his novel Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, which is generally regarded as the first novel in the English language. You can read more about Robinson Crusoe in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this image from the first edition of the book (click here for a larger view). The full title of the book is quite a story in and of itself: The Life and strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, where-in all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself: