Wednesday, November 14

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Thanksgiving Break
. If you did not read Monday's announcements for the information about Thanksgiving Break, please make sure that you do that now!

Storybook stack.
There are still quite a few assignments in the Storybook stack. If you turned in your assignment by 10 PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. Assignments turned in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday are probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. If the points for your Storybook assignment are all you need to finish up the class, send me a separate email to let me know and I will move your assignment to the top of the stack.

Mix and match points.
(repeat announcement) Now that there are less than three weeks of the semester left (rest of Week 13, plus Weeks 14 and 15), you might want to plan to do some "mix and match" in terms of just which assignments you want to complete this semester to get the points you need for the grade you want to get (you need 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B and 320 points for a C). So, based on the assignments you enjoy most/least in the class, you can certainly skip some assignments, provided that you end up with the points you need at the end. My only recommendation is that you do this cautiously. You don't want to skip so many assignments that you end up not getting the points you need for your desired grade. When you read the points you need for your final grade, send me a note to let me know and I will record the final grade in the Gradebook for you.

Writing Tip Wednesday
. I know a lot of you have papers and other writing assignments you are plowing through at the end of the semester. If you are suffering from writer's block, check out this great list of Emergency Writing Motivation Techniques. You might find one (or more) that can work for you!

Wednesday Events on Campus
. Come enjoy the 5th Annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser - more than 30 types of chili! - to support the Arts Alliance, 11:30AM - 1:30PM in the Lightwell Gallery in the OU School of Art (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 14: Karen Armstrong. Today is the birthday of the writer Karen Armstrong, born this day in 1944; she is one of my favorite authors on religious history. You can read more about her life and career in this Wikipedia article. She is extremely prolific and I have read at least a dozen of her books; my personal favorite is The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Even though the book came out before the 9-11, I think you can learn more about 9-11 from that book than from any other single book. Happy birthday, Karen Armstrong!