Tuesday, April 19

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 13 of the class. That means it is time for the Pandavas to hide at the court of King Virata in Indian Epics, while in World Literature you will be sailing the seas with Sindbad, and in Myth-Folklore, the topic is Native American legends. I've moved the Week 13 quizzes up to the top of the quizzing area in Desire2Learn. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 13 Internet assignment NOW AVAILABLE. Now that Week 13 has begun, the Week 13 Internet assignment is available: you will be asked to nominate your favorite Storybook projects in various categories, and also to leave some thank-yous to the people whose comments were most helpful to you this semester. Then, on Monday afternoon, April 25, when everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks. For information about the Week 14 Internet assignment, see Monday's announcements.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday before noon, you should have comments back from me by now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check on the contents of the stack here. Remember, if you are turning in multiple Storybook assignments, please do each one in a SEPARATE email so that I will remember to record points for both.

Passover 2011. Today, Tuesday, is the first day of the Passover holiday celebration this year (the celebration began at sundown, yesterday, Monday evening). You can read more about this holiday, called "Pescah" in Hebrew, which commemorates the exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, in this Wikipedia article. The festival lasts for one week, ending on sundown of April 25 this year. The image below shows illustrations from the Golden Haggadah with people getting ready for Passover; click here for a full-sized image. The Haggadah, or "narration," is the special book of prayers and stories used for Passover and the "Golden Haggadah" is a beautifully illustrated example of a Haggadah from medieval Spain, dating to the 14th century.