Sunday, December 1

December is here! As promised, here are the new announcements after the Thanksgiving break, and I hope everybody had a great holiday!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 14 ends today. Today, Sunday, is the end of Week 14, so any remaining Week 14 assignments (Storybook, Internet, Blog Responding) are due today, with the usual grace period on Monday, December 2. If you are turning in a Week 14 Storybook you MUST do that today, Sunday, or during the grace period on Monday; there are no late Storybook assignments for Week 14 because of the special Week 15 schedule (see next announcement). To check to see that I received your Storybook assignment if you turned one in during break, here is the Storybook stack.

Week 15 schedule. The schedule for Week 15 is compressed because of finals. Instead of lasting over the weekend, Week 15 will end at NOON on FRIDAY, December 6. So, please make sure you get your assignments all turned in by that time. All the Week 15 assignments are available at this time, with the exception of the Responding assignment.

Finishing the class. For those of you who are not done with the class yet, I hope you have a specific plan in place for the assignments that you will complete in order to get the points you need, and I would urge you not to put any of those assignments off until the last minute. 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.

Announcements glitch. There were no new announcements during the holiday week, but you may have noticed that I had an odd Blogger problem: my oldest blog (my Latin blog, Bestiaria Latina) suddenly showed up here for one day. My apologies for any confusion that may have caused, and I think I've got that figured out now so it won't happen again. But a little Latin never did anyone any harm I suppose, and the Bestiaria includes mythology too; this particular post had a pretty intense picture of the god Saturn consuming his children - eeek! For more Latin, see the last announcement below.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Procrastination Humor. I figure everybody can use some procrastination humor at this time of the semester. Yes, it is still possible to procrastinate... although it gets harder and harder as the semester is really starting to come to a close!

Featured Storybook: Lost Books of the Bible. Hannah's Storybook this semester is a creative re-imagination of verses from the Gospel of Mary, one of the gospels not included in the Biblical canon.

FREE Kindle eBook: Mahabharata, Vol 13-18 translated by K.M. Ganguli. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This part of the Mahabharata begins with the fall of Bhishma on the battlefield.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every man has in his heart a lion that sleeps (an Armenian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I hope your inner lion will give you the courage you need to face your finals later this month!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Kamadhenu, the desire-granting (Kama-Dhenu) cow.

Latin Christmas Songs. Every year on December 1, I start up a special blog dedicated to Latin Christmas songs, including both traditional Latin hymns and carols along with popular English carols translated into Latin. The featured song for December 1 is "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" for which I have found six (!) different Latin translations. Here is the page dedicated to Rudolphus in Latin, and there is also a complete calendar of Latin holiday songs for December.

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