Monday, September 10

Today is Monday, and Week 3 of the class is now over. That means the semester is 20% over already - wow! Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

Working ahead. Monday is a great day to work ahead! You do not have any assignments due on Monday, which means you can use this as a chance to get a head start on the Week 4 assignments that will be due later this week. In addition, the assignments for future weeks are available to you now, too. For some of you, midterms will be starting in your classes next week or the week after - so, if you get ahead in this class now, you can take a week off here when the midterms arrive in your other classes.

Week 5 Internet assignment. For those of you who are working ahead, you will note that the Week 5 Internet assignment is not available yet; you'll need to wait on that assignment until everybody has gotten their Storybook coverpages published online, which will be happening later this week! During Weeks 5-12, the Internet assignment will be available on the first day of each week (Tuesday) and you will have all week to complete it. I'll make more information available about all that next Tuesday, September 18.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a HUGE bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will then start reading the assignments in the order they were turned in. Please DO NOT go on to the Week 4 Storybook assignment until you get Week 3 comments back from me.

Late Storybook assignments. Each week, the Storybook assignment is the only assignment that can be turned in late for partial credit. Since I cannot get all the Storybooks graded and returned immediately, it is fine with me if you turn in the Storybook late. A Storybook assignment turned in on Monday after noon can receive up to 8 points credit; if it is turned in on Tuesday, you can get up to 7 points of credit; on Wednesday, 6 points of credit; the absolute deadline for turning in your Storybook assignment for partial credit is noon on Thursday, when you can get up to 5 points of partial credit. So, if you were not able to turn your Storybook in over the weekend, the sooner you can turn that in late, the better.

Monday Events on Campus. Make your own free flower pen in the first floor lobby of the Union, 11:30AM-12:30PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Myth Monday. Each Monday, I'll share a link here to one of my favorite resources online for folklore, mythology and epics. Last week was The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha. This week I want to share Sita Sings the Blues, a feature-length animated film version of the Ramayana by Nina Paley. People in Indian Epics might enjoy seeing this take on the epic story, and those of you in Myth-Folklore could use this wonderful film as a way to get to know one of the world's great epics. You can see a trailer for the film at YouTube, or you can visit the Sita Sings the Blues website - and you can even view the movie online since Nina Paley (a personal hero of mine) has made the film freely available online. As she explains at the website: From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.