Tuesday, March 22

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, and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in World Literature, 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.

Week 9 Internet assignment. The Week 9 Internet assignment is available now! For this week's assignments, instead of three free choices, you will have three RANDOM Storybooks. Just like last week, there needs to be a new story for you to read - most people already have two stories now at their Storybook, so if you are randomly assigned a Storybook you have seen already, check to see if there is a new story there you have not read yet. To be able to leave comments, there needs to be one new story at the Storybook that you can read (it may be the first story you have read at that Storybook, or the second, etc.).

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 by Sunday NOON, March 13 (that is, the Sunday at the beginning of Spring Break), you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in during the week of Spring break or this weekend, it is probably still in the stack. Please make sure you check the contents of the stack to to make sure I received your email, especially since they were doing maintenance to the OU email system during Spring Break.

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 (extra credit that is available week by week, plus the Grammar Quiz extra credit options). You may want to start planning now how you want to finish up the class - some people have already finished the class already! For a chart that shows you week by week point totals and other information about the grading system, you can consult this Grading Information page (the chart is at the bottom of the 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

Fall 2011 enrollment. (repeat announcement) For those of you who will enrolling for next semester, I wanted to give you a chance to reserve a place in one of the online classes that I teach, if you are interested. Please see Monday's announcements for more information.

March 22: World Water Day. The United Nations recognizes March 22 as the World Day for Water. Each year has a special theme, and you can read about the themes from past years in this Wikipedia article. The theme for 2011 is Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge. You can read more at the official World Water Day website. They have World Water Day logos in many different languages - I included English below, along with Polish, because that is the foreign language I speak best! :-)