Tuesday, September 29

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6 of the class. In the World Literature class, that means you will be reading some Greek mythology, while in Myth-Folklore, you are moving to the Middle East, and in Indian Epics, Hanuman is on his way to Lanka! If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 6 Internet assignment available NOW. Now that Week 6 has begun, the Week 6 Internet assignment is also available (the Internet assignments from now until Week 12 cannot be completed early; they are available starting on the first day of each week, Tuesday). This week, you'll be commenting not just on some Storybook coverpages, but also reading the Introductions. You'll find detailed instructions at the Internet assignment page. The assignment is available now, and everybody should have published their Introduction already. If someone does not have their Introduction yet, you do NOT have to wait for them. Go on to another Storybook that is ready for you to read! (So, for those of you who are behind on publishing your Introduction, please get caught up as soon as you can - that way you have a better chance of getting more feedback.)

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 before noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. It is really important that you check to make sure your assignment is in the stack. Every week, at least one or two emails are mysteriously gobbled up by the OU email system, leaving no trace - and the sooner you can let me know about that, the better!

Writing Center. For those of you who are finding it difficult to plan and proofread your writing assisgnments for this class or for any other class, the Writing Center is the place to go for help. Whether you are struggling with the overall organization of your writing (finding a focus, working with paragraphs), or whether you have questions about writing mechanics (especially punctuation), the tutors at the Writing Center can help. They not do your proofreading for you, but they can help you with some techniques so that you can learn to do a better job of proofreading on your own. For hours and services, visit the Writing Center website.

September 29: Michaelmas. Today is the holiday of Saint Michael the Archangel. The holiday is known as "Michaelmas" in England. This will be familiar to those of you who may have studied abroad at a British university, where they call their fall school session by the name of this fall holiday: Michaelmas Term. Below you can see Saint Michael battling the demon, a famous story in the Christian tradition. The city of Arkhangelsk (Archangel) in Russia is named after Michael the Archangel, and you can see the angel and the demon represented in the coat of arms of that city: