Thursday, October 6 - Sunday, October 9

OU-TEXAS. Yes, this Friday is an "unofficial" school holiday, so there will not be new announcements until Monday: GO SOONERS! In this class, you have nothing due on Friday, so there is no need to adjust the schedule. For those of you headed down to Dallas, I would strongly recommend that you finish up your Week 7 assignments before you leave town so that you can have a totally fun time and not be worrying about your work for this class. The Friday morning grace period for Thursday assignments remains unchanged; there will be the Monday morning grace period for finishing up Week 7 as usual. Also, I'll be working as usual on Friday, trying to get through the Storybook stack, so you can contact me on Friday via email with any questions you have - I'll be here! :-)

New Responding groups. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around for the Week 7 Responding assignment. So, thanks to the power of random, you will probably have at least one new person in your group, and probably two. Please review the instructions for the assignment and make sure you check your group!

Storybook Stack. I read and replied to all the Storybook assignments turned in by noon on Friday, and I'll be updating the stack again on Monday morning. You can always check to make sure your assignment is in the stack: contents of the stack (but I usually don't update the stack over the weekend).

Week 7 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) For the Week 7 Internet assignment, which is available now, you will be reading Storybook Introductions AND a story from each Storybook assigned to you. Since you have more reading to do this time (three stories and, possibly, a couple of Introductions also), 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; no need to wait! So, if you are trying to finish up your work this week early (see next announcement), you can indeed do the Week 7 Internet assignment now.

Thursday, October 6: Dussehra. The Hindu holiday of Dussehra (known also as Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain) celebrates the victory of Rama over Ravana, good over evil - a story that is now very familiar to everybody in the Indian Epics class! The holiday falls on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin, which means it is celebrated on October 6 of this year. You can read more about the festivities at Wikipedia. The multi-headed demon Ravana is often burned in effigy, as you can see in the image below!