Tuesday, January 27

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 2 of the class. That means you are starting Narayan's Ramayana in the Indian Epics class, while it's Buddhist Jataka Tales in the World Literature class, and it's Ancient Near East week in Myth-Folklore. I really hope you will enjoy the readings! For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 3 and 4 are also available!

Bad weather in Norman. I hope everybody who was on campus on Monday got safely home after they decided to close the campus in the afternoon. I also hope you are safe and warm at home as you read these announcements, and that you won't have to go out while the weather is still hazardous. If you do have to go out in the weather, be cautious and careful!

Week 2: Myth-Folklore. For those of you who are in the Myth-Folklore class, you will be choosing ONE reading option - either Gilgamesh OR Egypt. You will take the Background quiz for the unit you chose (and not the other one), and you will do the Reading quiz for the unit you chose (and not the other one). This will lead to some blanks in your Gradebook, but that doesn't matter at all - the only thing that matters is accumulating 30 points per week. You can get all the points you need by doing just one Background quiz and one Reading quiz each week.

Storybook Stack. A very large number of Storybook assignments came in over the weekend, and I've been reading through those in the order that they came in. If you turned in a Storybook assignment before Saturday at 8PM, you should have comments back from me, with points recorded for you in the Gradebook (check and make sure!). If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday, it 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.

Storybook Comments via email. When I send back Storybook comments to you via email, you will see that my comments are inserted into your email, and are marked with ==> to make them easy to find. The comments for each week should help you when you do your assignment for the next week, and possibly in future weeks, too, so make sure you save the emails that I send back to you about your Storybook assignment so that you can consult them later as needed.

Publishing Your First Webpages. This week, your Week 2 Internet assignment will be to publish your first webpages. Although this assignment is not due until the weekend, I hope you will get started on it early. I am available during the week to help you if you run into any snags as you create and publish your first pages, but I am not as easy to reach over the weekend. So, especially if this is the first time you have published webpages in your OU webspace (as it is for most of you!), please get started on this assignment now if possible, and don't put it off until the last minute.

January 27: Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day of January 27 has been designated by the United Nations and many other countries as a day in remembrance of those who died in the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. The person I hold in my special remembrance for this day is Janusz Korczak (Wikipedia), a visionary educator of the 20th century, who organized the Jewish orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1942, the Nazis raided the orphanage and sent the children to the death camp at Treblinka. Although Korczak's Polish friends begged him to escape and hide with them for the rest of the war (Korczak was a famous radio celebrity in Poland before the war), he would not leave the children, and died together with them at Treblinka. This image from shows the Yad Vashem Memorial for Korczak and his children: