Tuesday, March 12

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 9 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 9 is on top. This week's topic is Robin Hood or King Arthur in the Mythology-Folklore class, with the Mahabharata getting started in Indian Epics. If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. 

Spring Break information. If you did not read the Monday announcements, make sure you do that now; there is important information there about Spring Break and the schedule for this class. 

Week 9 Internet assignment. The Week 9 Internet assignment is available now! For this week's assignments, you will be reading a second story in the Storybooks you visit. Plus, it's all free choice this time - you can return to Storybooks you have visited before and read the second story, or else you can visit a totally new Storybook and read the first and second stories together. For details, see the Internet assignment page. There is also an extra credit option where you can visit more Storybooks in the other class. 

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack. Please check the contents of the stack to to make sure I received your email. 

Grading. With the beginning of Week 9, that means there are a total of seven more weeks of the semester (Weeks 9-10-11-12-13-14-15), which means 210 points of regular assignments available, plus extra credit. You may want to start planning now how you want to finish up the class. For a chart that shows you week by week point totals and other information about the grading system, you can consult this Grading Chart page. Many people take these classes just to get the Gen. Ed. credit and just need to pass the class, so it's fine with me if you want to finish the class with a grade of "B" when you get 360 points or "C" when you get 320 points; for an "A" you need 410 points. When you have reached the the points required for the grade you want to take, just let me know. As soon as you get the points you need, you are done - you do not need to do any more of the class assignments. 

Tuesday Events on Campus. There will be a University Singers Concert at 8PM in Catlett Music Center, with a program including Tavener's "Song for Athen" and a special arrangement of U2's "MLK"  (time-location-details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 12: Jack Kerouac. Today, March 12, is the birthday of Jack Kerouac, the great American novelist of the "Beat" generation of writers; he was born in 1922. You can read more about Kerouac's life and career in this Wikipedia article. He is most famous for his novel On the Road, which he wrote in a burst of inspiration during the month of April in 1951, at the ripe old age of 29. In order to keep pace with his writing style, he taped pieces of paper together in a continuous roll of paper that was 120 feet long which he could then feed into the typewriter without having to stop to put new pages into the typewriter. Just imagine what he could have done with a word processor, eh? You can find out more about the scroll, which is the source of the image below, at the OnTheRoad.org website.