Tuesday, December 3

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 15, 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 children's classics, and in Indian Epics there is a Mahabharata review week. The schedule for this week is DIFFERENT than in past weeks; see below for details.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook stack. I'm doing my best to keep up with all the Storybooks being turned in so that I can get those points recorded for you in the Gradebook. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. For those of you who will be turning in a Week 15 Storybook, please try to get those turned in soon rather than waiting for the last minute!

Week 15 schedule
. (repeat announcement) The schedule for Week 15 is compressed because of finals. Instead of lasting for the whole week and 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 which will become available on Thursday this week.

Finishing the class. (repeat announcement) 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. 

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Comparing Collins, Meyer and Rowling. I thought these charts comparing the Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter novels were a lot of fun; see the blog post for more charts.

Featured Storybook: The Children's Biblical Zoo. Kelsie's Storybook for this semester retells some familiar Bible stories as told by talking animals who are entertaining their young visitors.

FREE Kindle eBook: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Yes, this is one of the reading options for Myth-Folklore this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A cat may look on a king (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb long predates its use in Alice in Wonderland, but of course it is that book which has made the proverb famous in modern times!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the marriage of Kunti and Pandu. Kunti is one of my favorites among the epic's characters, so I was glad to find this image.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be a House of Gingerbread Tournament in the Union Food Court from 1PM - 3PM; teams can register at upb.ou.edu (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The United Nations has declared December 3 to mark the observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and the theme for 2013 is: "Break Barriers; Open Doors." You can learn more about the disability rights movement in this Wikipedia article, which also lists additional resources.

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