Tuesday, March 26

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 10 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 10 is on top. This week's topic is fairy tales in Myth-Folklore and in Indian Epics you're finishing up Narayan's Mahabharata. Note: If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 10 Internet assignment: Extra credit option.
The Week 10 Internet assignment is available now! In addition to the usual assignment of reading three Storybooks and commenting on them, there is an additional "extra credit" option where you can read three more Storybooks and comment on them for an additional 6 points.

Storybook Stack
. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. I'm slowly making my way through the huge stack of assignments people turned in over Spring Break. If you turned something in the weekend at the beginning of Spring Break (Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17), you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in an assignment and did not get comments back yet, please check to make sure your assignment is in the stack: contents of the stack.

Finishing up the class: Storybooks
. As I've mentioned before, there is no absolute requirement about the number of stories in a finished Storybook; based on your strategy for getting your points in the class, you can finish your Storybook with just three stories or even just two stories if you want - it is up to you! The Week 14 and Week 15 Storybook assignments are final revisions, so if you are stopping with just two or three stories, for example, you can skip ahead to the final revision assignments for your Storybook. If you have any questions about that, let me know - there is more information about grading and finishing the class here.

March 26: Khordad Sal. March 26 marks the birthday of the prophet Zoroaster, which is a holiday, Khordad Sal, in the Zoroastrian religion. Zoroaster is the ancient Greek form of his name; in Persian, he is called Zarathusti, and you might also know him by the name Zarathustra. You can read more about Zoroaster and Zoroastrianism at Wikipedia; although there are not many adherents of this ancient religion in the world today, there are followers of Zoroaster and his teachings who live in India, Iran and Afganistan, and also in the United States. The image below shows the Faravahar symbol, which is one of the central symbols of Zoroastrian iconography, as shown here in a carving from the ancient city of Persepolis: