Tuesday, October 5

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 7 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 7 is on top. This week's topic is India or Japan in Myth-Folklore, while in World Literature you are taking a trip to the underworld. In Indian Epics, you are finishing up Buck's Ramayana. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 7 Internet assignment. For the Week 7 Internet assignment, which is available now, you will be reading Storybook Introductions AND a story from each Storybook. Since you have more reading to do this time, you will have just THREE Storybooks that you comment on - and you need to make sure there is a story to read at each of those Storybooks. If the Storybook does not have a first story published yet, please skip it and go to another one instead. You can definitely do the assignment now; you do not have to wait on someone who is running late with their first story. If the Storybook doesn't have a story yet, just pick a different Storybook.

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 Friday or Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday or on 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.

Mid-Term Grade Reports. On Monday, I was asked to enter midterm grade reports into Ozone, but I have no idea when those reports will be visible to you in Ozone. So, I also entered the midterm grade report information in Desire2Learn where you can see it starting today, Tuesday, if you scroll down to the bottom of the Gradebook. I entered these grades after the Monday noon grace period was over, which means they reflect your work during Weeks 1-6 of the semester. If you did not get your Week 6 Storybook turned in on time or during the grace period, getting that assignment turned in late for partial credit might affect your midterm grade if you were right at the borderline. You can keep an eye on your progress in the class from week to week by using this Grading Chart for the semester. It shows for each week how many points you should have to be headed for an A, B or C in the class. If you have any questions about your progress in the class, let me know.

Wrapping up the Ramayana: Ayodhya. In the Indian Epics class this week, people are finishing up the second version of the Ramayana, so in the Announcements this week, I'll be providing a couple of Ramayana-related links! The first item is actually something that is currently in the news in India, thus showing how the ancient story of Rama is part of the current religious and political world. The city of Ayodhya has witnessed horrifying religious violence between Hindus and Muslims, including riots in 2002 when over one thousand people were killed. You can read about the background of this conflict in this BBC webpage. Only last week, a court in India issued a verdict dividing the holy site of Ayodhya between Hindus and Muslims; you can read about the verdict here. Here is a photo of Ayodhya as it looks today: