Monday, September 9

Today is Monday. Week 3 is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

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 17, when Week 5 begins. 

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. I will get back to you as quickly as I can, and by the end of the week for sure.

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. So, if you were not able to turn your Storybook in over the weekend, the sooner you can turn that in late, the better. You will find more information about that at the bottom of the Storybook assignment page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Seven Steps to the Perfect Story. This is a fun and informative infographic that might be especially helpful as you are planning your own Storybook project!

Featured Storybook: Dreams of the Ancients: Dreams Are Reality. This Storybook explores the incarnations of Vishnu as Rama and as Krishna, seeing those incarnations as dreams within dreams within dreams.

FREE Kindle eBook: Aesop's Fables by V. S. Vernon Jones. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You will find appx. 300 of the most famous Aesop's fables here.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don't sell the bearskin before the bear is caught (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is something like "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched," but from a hunter's perspective.

Ramayana Images. I've added something new to the announcements: a "Ramayana Image of the Day" which will be of interest to those of you in the Indian Epics class, and which I hope will be of interest to those of you in Myth-Folklore. (In the second half of the semester, I'll switch to Mahabharata images.) You can click here for more Ramayana images and you can also see random Ramayana images in the sidebar of this blog. Today's Ramayana image shows Ravana, the ten-headed demon who is the King of Lanka and Rama's greatest enemy.

Remember, you can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.