Tuesday, September 3

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 3, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is the Hebrew Bible, and in Indian Epics you will be finishing up Narayan's Ramayana. I hope you will enjoy the reading! If you have not turned in your Week 2 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit (see below for details).

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the HUGE stack of Storybook assignments and practice websites that people have turned in over the long weekend. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. The first thing I will be doing is getting comments back to you about your practice websites so that you can go on to the Week 3 Internet assignment without delay. Then, I will be sending back comments about the Storybook assignments in the order that they were turned in; you'll need to wait on those comments before you go on to the next Storybook assignment, but I will get them back to you as soon as I can.

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 returned immediately, you can turn in the Storybook late for partial credit. If you want full credit (10 points) you must turn the Storybook in on time, that is, over the weekend or during the grace period on Monday morning. 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; on Tuesday, you can receive up to 7 points; on Wednesday you can receive up to 6 points. If you turn the Storybook assignment in on Thursday before noon, you can receive up to 5 points. No late Storybook assignments will be accepted after noon on Thursday. You will see that same information at the bottom of each Storybook assignment page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: TVTropes. No matter what kind of storytelling topics you are interested in, you will find ideas and examples at the TVTropes website. It is about far more than television - and be warned, for people who love stories and storytelling, this is one of the most addictive websites on the Internet! :-)

Featured Storybook: Yama's Tattoo Parlor. This is one of the most creative settings anyone has ever imagined for a Storybook: it is a henna tattoo parlor, run by the god Yama, in which you will meet Sita, Taraka, Damayanti and Hidimba!

FREE Kindle eBook: Forbidden Gospels and Epistles by William Wake. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. It includes such non-canonical texts as the Infancy gospels, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, along with the marvelous Shepherd of Hermas (which came very close indeed to being included in the Biblical canon).

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Adam must have an Eve to blame for his own faults (a German proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a take on the meaning of Adam and Eve's story that is quite different from yesterday's proverb.

Sooner Sports. I know many of you probably saw the football game this weekend, but there was another OU victory I wanted to share, since Caroline Weir of the women's volleyball team is in the Myth-Folklore class this semester. As you can read at SoonerSports, the OU women won the Holiday Inn West Invitational this weekend. Sallie McLaurin (see image below) was named MVP - and she was in Myth-Folklore last year. Go Sooners! You can see the volleyball team in action for yourself this Tuesday when OU hosts Arkansas at McCasland Field House at 7PM. And for any of you involved in campus groups or organizations of any kind, please share your news with me to include in the announcements: upcoming events, big achievements, anything that you think would be of interest!

September 3. This day marks the 74th anniversary of England's declaration of war against Germany after Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939; see this timetable of World War II for more details about the momentous events of September 1939. The image below shows the Royal Castle in Warsaw on fire after being bombed by the Germans; below, you can see the Royal Castle as rebuilt today.

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