Monday, April 14

Today is Monday. Week 12 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. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in. 

Week 13 Internet assignment. The Week 13 Internet assignment will be available starting tomorrow, Tuesday. I hope you will find this a fun assignment: you will be nominating your favorite Storybooks. After everyone has turned in their nominations (the assignment is due by the end of Week 13), I'll prepare a ballot with the Storybooks that get the most nominations and you'll be able to vote on the best ones - the voting is not for a grade, but just for fun, a change to give the people who worked really hard on their Storybooks some well earned recognition!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Humor Resource: Reading is Dangerous. Proofreading is one of those dangerous forms of reading... but not as dangerous as speed reading, ha ha.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is brahmin, which comes to us from Sanskrit. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Rise of King Arthur. In Ricky's Storybook for this semester, you can watch as King Arthur discovers his identity... much to his own surprise! And no, it does not involve a sword in a stone; it is far more mysterious even than that.

FREE Kindle eBook: Myths and Legends of the Great Plains by Katharine Berry Judson. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You will find Cherokee, Kiowa, and Ponca stories here, along with stories from many other Plains tribes. 

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If a string has one end, then it has another end (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The trick, of course, is figuring out which end you want to tug on!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Sanjaya who is meeting with Krishna and the five Pandava brothers.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a First Night Seder at OU Hillel starting at 6:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Passover 2014. The Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sunset today, Monday. You can read more about this holiday, which commemorates the exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, at Wikipedia. The image below is an illustration from the Golden Haggadah. The Haggadah, or "narration," is the special book of prayers and stories used for Passover, and this beautifully illustrated Haggadah is a 14th-century manuscript from medieval Spain:

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