Sunday, November 24

Today is Sunday of Week 14. Because of the extended schedule this week for Thanksgiving, you do not have any assignments that are due today, but I would urge you to finish up the Week 14 assignments before Thanksgiving so that you can then relax and enjoy the holiday!

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Class Procedures and Reminders:

Thanksgiving schedule. (repeat announcement) Week 14 lasts during the holiday week. So, you can finish up the Week 14 assignments this weekend, or you can work on that next week, with the usual grace period on Monday morning, December 2. Week 15 will start after Thanksgiving on Tuesday, December 3, and all work for the class is due at the latest on Friday, December 6. I'll be in the office on Monday morning, November 25, and that's when I'll be reading any Storybooks that people have turned in over this weekend. If you would like your Storybook points in the Gradebook before Thanksgiving, make sure you get your Storybook assignment(s) turned in today, Sunday.

Final Grades. (repeat announcement) As you reach the points you need for your final grade in this class - 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B, 320 points for a C - let me know, and I'll record the letter grade for you there in the Desire2Learn Gradebook. You can mix and match whatever assignments you prefer to get the final points you need, but be careful as you make your choices so that you don't accidentally come up short of the points you will need.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: The Great Language Game. This is a fun game where you listen to people speaking different languages of the world and try to identify the language.

Featured Storybook: Tale of the Traveling Cat. Adrienne's Storybook this semester is about a cat who have invented some time-traveling glasses. Even more elegant than the Doctor's police call box!

FREE Kindle eBook: Hawaiian Folk Tales A Collection of Native Legends by Thomas George Thrum. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which includes tales of Pele the Volcano Goddess, among others.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is He who plants a grove of trees, may God do so to him, and he who cuts the grove, may God do so to him (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. Call it ecological karma!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Churning of the Ocean. If you look carefully, you can see Vishnu's avatar Kurma the Turtle under the water, supporting the mountain on his back to make the churning possible.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a matinee showing of the University Theater's Coram Boy at 3PM in the Rupel Jones Theater Cancelled again due to bad weather. Get the latest updates from University Theater here. (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Evolution Day. On November 24 in 1859, Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species, and the anniversary of that publication is celebrated as "Evolution Day." The image below is from a first edition held in the History of Science Collection at OU; you can see the complete digital book online at the History of Science Collections website.

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