Tuesday, April 12

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 12 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 12 is on top. For those of you in Indian Epics, that means continuing with Buck's version of the Mahabharata (including the great legend of Nala and Damayanti), while it's a choice between fairy tales and ballads in Myth-Folklore, and this is the week of the Arabian Nights in World Literature. If you have not turned in your Week 11 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Counting this week, there are FOUR WEEKS of class remaining (Weeks 12-13-14-15), which means 120 points of regular assignments,
plus extra credit. That assumes you have not been working ahead; if you have been working ahead, you can look at the Gradebook to see just how many available points you can still earn in these last weeks of class.

Storybook Stack. As usual on Tuesday, I am making my way through the big stack of Storybooks turned in over the weekend. If you turned something in by noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later 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. If you are turning in multiple assignments this week, don't forget to submit a separate email for each Storybook assignment.

Overview of Week 12 and Week 13 Internet assignments. (repeat announcement) The Week 12 Internet assignment is available now, when you will be commenting on Storybooks, along with an extra credit option to comment on Storybooks in the other classes again. Then, for the Week 13 assignment (available a week from today, on April 19), you will be voting on your favorite Storybooks for the semester. After you turn in your nominations, I'll set up a ballot so everybody can vote for the best Storybooks - it's not for a grade or anything, it's just for fun, and it gives the folks who have done really excellent work on their Storybooks a chance to get some well deserved recognition.

April 12 2011: Ramanavami. Today is the Hindu holiday of Ramanavami, or Ram Navami, which marks the birthday of Rama, an avatar of the god Vishnu - a character who is very familiar to everyone in the Indian Epics class! You can read more about this holiday at the BBC website and at Wikipedia. Here is a Ram Navmi greeting card showing Rama, his wife Sita, his brother Lakshmana, and the monkey-god Hanuman kneeling: