Friday, April 25

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 14! The Week 14 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 14 assignments are due today or over the weekend. I would also strongly encourage you to finish your Week 15 assignments this weekend, since it is the LAST WEEKEND you will have available to do work for this class (see below).

Week 14-15 Schedule. For those of you who will still be doing classwork during Week 15, please be aware that it is on a different schedule. The final deadline for Week 15 assignments is Friday, May 2, at noon. There is no weekend time for Week 15 because that would run into final exams. As a result, your Week 14 Storybook assignment must be turned in by Monday noon, April 28, at the latest — I cannot accept late Storybooks for Week 14 because that would not give me time to get comments back to you for your Week 15 assignment. So, please take note: there can be no late Week 14 Storybook assignments.

Storybook stack. As of Friday morning, there were a few Storybooks still in the stack; you can see here the contents of the stack. I will get to the end of the stack by the end of the day today, Friday.

Course evaluation. (repeat announcement) The course evaluations for this course and your other courses are available now at I hope you will take a few minutes to complete the evaluation - your feedback is incredibly helpful to me in making improvements to these courses, and it is also a big help to the College in general as they continue to develop the online course program. Plus, you might win a free iPad just for participating!

Final Grades. (repeat announcement) 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. You can mix and match whatever assignments you prefer to get the final points you need, but be careful as you make your choices so that you don't accidentally come up short of the points you will need.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Fun with English Spelling. This is a Pinterest Board which contains all the sneaky "word pairs" that I've shared in the announcements this semester:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is CEREAL, which comes to us from the name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres (Greek Demeter). For details, see this blog post.

FREE Kindle eBook: Hawaiian Folk Tales by T. G. Thrum. 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 stories here about the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele and also the legend of the Shark-Man, Nanaue, plus many others.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is He who plants a grove of trees, may God do so to him, and he who cuts the grove, may God do so to him (a Kashmiri proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. It's the karma of trees!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the Churning of the Ocean. Vishnu's avatar Kurma, the Great Turtle, is below the water, holding up the mountain while the churning takes place.

Friday Event on Campus: The Sooner Idol singing competition will take place in Meacham Auditorium tonight at 7PM, and ten of the best singers on campus will be competing (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Storybook ballot results! Thanks to all of you who took the time to cast your ballot, and congratulations to the winners, to all the nominees, and to EVERYBODY who learned how to make your own website this semester: I hope that is a skill that will turn out to be useful to you in the future! :-)

Indian Epics

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