Wednesday, February 26

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 7. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

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 before 3PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in your assignment later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 7 Internet assignment
. (repeat announcement) For the Week 7 Internet assignment, which is available now, you will be reading stories at people's Storybooks. That means you have more reading to do this time (stories and perhaps also introductions), so you will have just THREE Storybooks that you comment on. To find out more about how the assignment works this week, see the Internet assignment page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

OU IT Paid Internship: There is a new job listing for a paid internship doing communications and social media for OU IT; for details see the OU IT job listing. This would be a great opportunity for anyone out there who is interested in writing about technology and university-related social media.

Writing Resource: English Words from India. I've been sharing words from India every week in the announcements, and you can see the entire collection as a Pinterest Board.

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is martial from the Roman name for the god of war, Mars (and yes, this god also gives his name to the planet Mars). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Ravana: Even Devils Have a Past. It's time to start including some of this semester's Storybooks now in addition to Storybooks from past semesters. Sheeba's Ravana project includes the first-ever Ravana meme that has been part of a class project. What fun!

FREE Kindle eBook: Tales of Old Japan by A. B. Freeman-Mitford. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This book contains some fairy tales like the ones you might be reading in class this week, along with historical legends, like the story of the Forty-Seven Ronins.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The fruit must have a stem before it grows (a Liberian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I think this is such an ingenious metaphor!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Battle of Lanka. This scene combines multiple moments in one frame; you can see the way that Hanuman attacks the three-headed demon general Trisiras, pulls him down from the chariot, and then decapitates him (all three heads!)

Wednesday Event on Campus: Come learn about Onigiri: Japanese Rice Balls at 3PM in Kaufman 230 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. It's great timing for Japan week in the Myth-Folklore class!

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