Monday, February 24

Today is Monday. Week 6 is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the assignments that were due on Friday or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow, and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Grading. Now that we have finished Week 6 of the semester, there have been 180 points so far. You can consult this chart to get an indication of how you are doing overall: if you have around 165 points (155 points if your Week 6 Storybook has not been recorded yet), you are headed for an A; if you have around 145 points (135 points), you are headed for a B; if you have around 125 points (115 points), you are headed for a C; with less than 125, you are in danger of failing the class. There are still 9 weeks left in the semester, which gives you plenty of time to improve your grade if you are not on track for the grade you want. Just make sure you budget time to do more of the assignments and, if you do miss an assignment, do some extra credit points to make up for it.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

OU Resource. I thought this video about the OU Libraries was so charming! You can see the video at YouTube:

Writing Humor: Who and Whom. Poor little "whom" is not long for this world, but it's an occasion for some good writing humor from The Oatmeal!

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is mango, which comes to English from the Tamil language, spoken in southern India. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Monstrous Beings of Greek Mythology. This Storybook features fire-breathing bulls made of bronze, savage bird-women called "harpies," and the twin perils of Scylla and Charybdis, notorious monsters of the sea.

FREE Kindle eBook: The Chinese Fairy Book by Richard Wilhelm. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are all kinds of tales included here, ranging from myths of the gods to historic legends to folktales and fairy tales.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every day a person grows more wise (a Polish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. It's a Polish proverb: Co dzień człowiek mędrszy!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Lanka on fire, and you can see Hanuman leaving the city in ruins, with his tail still on fire.

Monday Event on Campus: Starting today, every Monday from 5PM-7PM there will be Turkish Language Lessons from the Turkish Student Association in Physical Sciences 212 and 222 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 24: Wilhelm Grimm. Today, February 24, marks the birthday of the German scholar Wilhelm Grimm in the year 1786. Wilhelm Grimm was the younger of the famous Brothers Grimm; his older brother Jacob was born just one year earlier, 1785. You can read learn more about the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tale collection in the Week 10 unit of the Myth-Folklore class; the image below is a portrait of the two brothers:

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