Wednesday, September 18

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 5. If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 5 Internet assignment. If you did not read yesterday's announcements, make sure you take a look at them now, especially the information about the Week 5 Internet assignment. I hope you will have fun looking at other people's coverpages. Remember: you can keep modifying your own coverpage all semester long, so keep an eye out for features you might want to use on your own coverpage.

Storybook Stack
. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment by Sunday at 6PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. 

The OU Writing Center
The Writing Center is a valuable resource both for this class and for any class where you have important writing assignments. For your Storybook assignments in this class, you are expected to turn in a formal piece of writing, with correct English usage, spelling, and punctuation. So, if you would like some extra help with that, make a visit to the Writing Center. Whether you need a refresher course on English punctuation or just some help in learning how to proofread your own work, the Writing Center is the place to go! For hours, locations, and services - including online services, visit the Writing Center website.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Grammar Rock. Yes, this is how kids like me in the early 1970s learned about grammar! You can see all the Grammar Rock videos in the blog post; my favorite is Conjunction Junction:

Featured Storybook: Animal Tales From India to Oklahoma: Indian Tales as Told by Squirrel. This is not just any old squirrel on the South Oval: it is an immortal Indian squirrel!

FREE Kindle eBook: Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which includes not only Greek mythology but also medieval European legends (Beowulf, Orlando, Arthur, etc.).

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Not even Apollo keeps his bow always at full stretch (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The idea is that if you keep the bow stretched tight for too long, it will snap! In Latin: Non semper arcum tendit Apollo.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ravana and Maricha. Although Maricha originally refuses to help Rama kidnap Sita, he finally agrees.

Wednesday Event on Campus: As part of Mid-Day Music, Nicole Thompson will be playing piano in the Union Food Court, 12PM-1PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 18: Capitol Building. On this day in 1793, George Washington laid the first cornerstone of the United States Capitol. George Washington was a Freemason and he was assisted by eight other Freemasons wearing masonic regalia. You can read more about the Capitol building in this Wikipedia article, and for more about Freemasons, see The World of the Freemasons, which is also the source for this image that shows Washington and his fellow Masons:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.