Thursday, February 21

Today is Thursday of WEEK 6 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may turn that in on Thursday morning for partial credit. Thursday morning, until noon, is also the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Commenting on Storybooks
. Every week from now through Week 12 of the semester, you will be commenting on people's writing at their Storybooks. During these weeks as you comment on people's Storybooks, please provide as much detailed, specific feedback as possible! It's nice to get compliments, but it is also really good to get feedback about what things could be improved, especially now, early in the semester. So, do not hesitate to say when something is confusing, or when something seems repetitious, or if you think something is important is missing. Every semester, students tell me that they wish they had received more detailed feedback on their Storybooks, rather than just generic compliments - find out more about Good Feedback: Details, Details, Details!

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 Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in an assignment on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, your assignment 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. Friday at 8AM is the deadline if you want to get comments back from me about your Storybook before the weekend.

Thursday Events on Campus
. Distinguished OU Alumnus Kyle McCarter will be giving a lecture on The Origin and Early History of the Alphabet, 3PM-4PM in the Regents Room of the Union as part of Focus on Arts and Sciences Week (time/location/details). This is an occasion when I really regret not living in Norman because I sure would like to be there for this lecture! Prof. McCarter a  hero of mine in the realm of Biblical scholarship (his two-volume commentary on the Book of Samuel is a truly outstanding achievement), and the history of the alphabet is a topic in which I am very interested. McCarter is an expert on the Tel Zayit inscription (which you can read about in this Wikipedia article) - if any of you are able to attend the lecture, please send me an email and let me know what you thought! Here is an image of the inscription: