Wednesday, April 16

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13. If you have not turned in your Week 12 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. There are still quite a few assignments in the Storybook stack. If you turned in your assignment by 6PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. Assignments turned in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday are probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. If the points for your  Storybook assignment are all you need to finish up the class, send me a separate email to let me know and I will move your assignment to the top of the stack. 

Mix and match points. (repeat announcement) Now that there are less than three weeks of the semester left (rest of Week 13, plus Weeks 14 and 15), you probably want to plan to do some "mix and match" in terms of just which assignments you want to complete this semester to get the points you need for the grade you want to get (you need 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B and 320 points for a C). So, based on the assignments you enjoy most/least in the class, you can certainly skip some assignments, provided that you end up with the points you need at the end. My only recommendation is that you do this cautiously. You don't want to skip so many assignments that you end up not getting the points you need for your desired grade. When you reach the points you need for your final grade, send me a note to let me know and I will record the final grade in the Gradebook for you. 

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Resource: European Word Translator. The European Word Translator allows you to type a word into the "Translate it!" box, and then the translations show up on the map for the language of each country. Here is a map I made of the word fable:

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are ARC and ARK. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: HGTV: Homer and Garden Television. Join Persephone as she redecorates both in heaven and in the underworld, while Zeus and Hera squabble on camera, and Odysseus goes house-hunting together with his loving wife Penelope - all part of the HGTV line-up in a Storybook from last semester.

FREE Kindle eBook: Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa. 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 many stories in here about Iktomi, the spider trickster of the Lakota tradition.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Waste not, want not (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb that is near and dear to me; I am definitely a believer in using what we have wisely - and then re-using it if possible!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Death of Jayadratha. Arjuna, urged on by Krishna, uses the Pashupata Astra to behead Jayadratha.

Wednesday Event on Campus: The CAC Speakers Bureau presents The Onion at 7PM in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom; this is your chance to meet two of The Onion's creative staff and hear their behind-the-scenes scoop on the genius project that is The Onion (details) Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Student Organization Video Competition. I know that many of you are involved in student organizations, so I wanted to share this information about a great video competition for student organizations at OU. Enter your video, reach new audiences, and you might even win a Sony Handycam for your group. The deadline is APRIL 17, so if you want to enter the contest you need to do that today or tomorrow. Details here: Video Competition.

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