Friday, November 21

Below are the Friday announcements. I'll update the announcements again on Monday when I am in the office (see below).


HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 14! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available now — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Thursday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

THANKSGIVING. You have all of next week off for Thanksgiving! The end-of-the-week assignments for Week 14 are due after Thanksgiving, with the grace period on Monday, December 1. Because I know some of you will be wanting to finish up the class early, I will be at work on Monday, November 24. So, if you turn in a Storybook or Portfolio assignment this weekend, I'll be sure to get that back to you on Monday.

Storybook stack. As of Friday morning, there were a few Storybooks still in the stack; you can see here the contents of the stack. I will get to the end of the stack by the end of the day today, Friday!

Storybook ballot results! Thanks to all of you who took the time to cast your ballot, and congratulations to the winners, to all the nominees, and to EVERYBODY who learned how to share your writing by using a blog or a website: I hope that these skills will turn out to be useful to you in the future!


Best Overall Storybook

Best Written Storybook

Most Creative Storybook Topic

Most Creative Storytelling Style

Most Informative Storybook

Favorite Portfolio


Best Overall Storybook

Best Written Storybook

Most Creative Storytelling Style

Favorite Portfolio

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Cooking Her Family. Yet more proof that punctuation saves lives!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SATURNINE, from the Roman god Saturn who gave his name to the planet. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tracking the Werewolf. Our hero, John Abbott, is tracking the werewolf, getting closer and closer . . . until we do indeed see the werewolves through his eyes.

FREE Kindle eBook: Legends of Florence by Charles Godfrey Leland. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. If you have ever been to Florence, you will recognize the places in the titles of these stories: the Boboli Gardens, Santa Maria Novella, the Bargello, and more.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those proverbs that is still alive and going strong!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Yudhishthira's Journey to Hell. You can see the way is paved with the bones of the dead.

Friday Event on Campus: The India Student Association's Diwali Night will take place on Friday, with dance performances at 7PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center followed by dinner at 9PM in the Sam Noble Museum (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.