Tuesday, September 4

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 3 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 3 is on top. In Indian Epics, this week you will be finishing up Narayan's Ramayana, and in Myth-Folklore, it's the Hebrew Bible, with a choice between the stories of Noah and Babel, or the stories of Samson and Daniel. If you have not turned in your Week 2 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. (See note about that below.)

Storybook Stack. First thing on Tuesday morning, I will update the stack of Storybooks that people have turned in over the long weekend, and I will be responding to them in the order that they were turned in. To check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. For the Storybook assignments, you need to wait until you get comments back from me before you go on to the next Storybook assignment - but of course you can do the other assignments in the class, so definitely keep on going with those other assignments! I'll get back to you as soon as I can with the Storybook comments; given this shortened four-day week, it will probably take me until Friday or maybe even Saturday morning to get through all the Storybooks in the stack.

Late Storybooks. 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. If you want full credit (10 points) you must turn the Storybook assignment in over the weekend (or during the Monday morning grace period). If you turn it in late, you can receive partial credit, as follows: turn it in on Monday after noon and you can receive up to 8 points credit; on Tuesday, you can receive up to 7 points of credit; on Wednesday you can receive up to 6 points of credit. If you turn the Storybook assignment in on Thursday before noon, you can receive up to 5 points of credit. No late Storybook assignments will be accepted after noon on Thursday.

Internet Assignment emails. I will be replying to your Week 2 Internet assignment emails, but you don't have to wait on my reply before you go on to the Week 3 Internet assignment. So, please feel free to do that at your convenience; you don't need to wait on my reply to your Week 2 practice website in order to complete the Week 3 Internet assignment. Same goes for Tech Tips - you don't need to wait on a reply to your Tech Tip email before you go on and do another one, or more!

Technology Tuesday. I will be adding a new Technology Tip every Tuesday - and the tip I added today is a quick step-by-step for creating a blog with Google's Blogger.com. Having a blog can be useful if you have any stories from your Ning blog that you want to keep after the class is over and/or to share with other people not in the class - or for anything you want to blog about. For details, see this Tech Tip: Create a Blog with Blogger.com.

Tuesday Events on Campus. From 1PM-1:30PM and again from 3:30PM-4:00PM the folks from Career Services will be offering resume consulting in the Union Sooner Room, on the first floor near Crossroads (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 4: Mary Renault. Today, September 4, marks the birthday of the English novelist Mary Renault who was born in 1904 and died in 1983. Renault wrote novels based on ancient Greek mythology and ancient Greek history. She wrote a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus (The King Must Die, Bull from the Sea), as well as a trilogy of novels about Alexander the Great. It is the middle novel of that Alexander trilogy - The Persian Boy - which is my own personal favorite of her novels. The novel is narrated by Bagoas, the Persian boy whom Alexander notoriously took as his lover. Renault was one of the first historical novelists to write openly about homosexual love in ancient Greece, and the story she tells in The Persian Boy is intense, dramatic and unforgettable. Highly recommended!