Tuesday, March 11

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 9, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is medieval heroes, and in Indian Epics you're starting the Mahabharata. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Spring Break information. If you did not read the Monday announcements, make sure you do that now; there is important information there about Spring Break and the schedule for this class. 

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack. Please check the contents of the stack to to make sure I received your email. 

Grading. With the beginning of Week 9, that means there are a total of seven more weeks of the semester (Weeks 9-10-11-12-13-14-15), which means 210 points of regular assignments available, plus extra credit. You may want to start planning now how you want to finish up the class. For a chart that shows you week by week point totals and other information about the grading system, you can consult this Grading Chart page. Many people take these classes just to get the Gen. Ed. credit and just need to pass the class, so it's fine with me if you want to finish the class with a grade of "C" when you get 320 points or "B" when you get 360 points; for an "A" you need 410 points. When you have reached the the points required for the grade you want to take, just let me know. As soon as you get the points you need, you are done — you do not need to do any more of the class assignments after I record the final grade for you.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Online Resource: I would ratethe Sacred Texts Archive as the single most important online resource for learning about the folklore, legends, and myths of the whole world!

Writing Resource: Don't Seem... BE!. This is another writing strategy that can help lower your word count while also making your writing more vivid.

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are DEFIANTLY and DEFINITELY . For details, see this blog post. These are not words that are pronounced the same, but if you misspell the word "definitely" as "definatly," the poor spellchecker may correct it to "defiantly," which is not what you mean at all of course!

Featured Storybook: The Ramayana Museum of Art. Welcome to the Ramayana Museum of Art... where nothing is as it seems. This is Kathryn's Storybook for Indian Epics this semester, and it is full of surprises!

FREE Kindle eBook: Ballads of Robin Hood by Frank Sidgwick. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You can find here some of the ballads we are reading in Myth-Folklore this week, plus more besides!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The fuller the cup, the sooner the spill (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. A proverb which is true both literally (a full cup!) and metaphorically (a full life!).

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Surya, god of the sun. Surya is the divine father of Karna, one of the heroes on the Kaurava side of the Mahabharata war.

Tuesday Event on Campus: Suzanne Tirk will be giving a clarinet concert at noon in the Sandy Bell Gallery (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 11: Douglas Adams. Today marks the birthday of Douglas Adams, one of my most beloved writers, who sadly left this world in 2001. Adams is most famous as the creator of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and his two books about the detective Dirk Gently are also priceless. Happy birthday to you, Douglas Adams, wherever in the galaxy you may be! Here is a YouTube video interview where Douglas Adams talks about his career, life, the universe, and everything:

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