Monday, September 29

Today is Monday. Week 6 is now over... and Week 7 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the Week 6 assignments. As for Week 7, this week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Africa and Asia again, and in Indian Epics you will be finishing the Ramayana!

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. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Grading. Now that we have finished Week 6 of the semester, there have been 180 points so far. You can consult this chart to get an indication of how you are doing overall: if you have around 165 points (155 points if your Week 6 Storybook has not been recorded yet), you are headed for an A; if you have around 145 points (135 points), you are headed for a B; if you have around 125 points (115 points), you are headed for a C; with less than 125, you are in danger of failing the class. There are still 9 weeks left in the semester which gives you plenty of time to improve your grade if you are not on track for the grade you want. Just make sure you budget time to do more of the assignments and, if you do miss an assignment, do some extra credit points to make up for it!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Resource: Multiple Intelligences. Some of you may have encountered the work of Howard Gardner and his theory of "multiple intelligences." This chart provides a nice summary:
Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is MANGO, which comes from the Tamil language of southern India. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Old Names. This collection of stories is told by an alien visitor to the earth from another planet; on that alien planet, they do not use names — which is why our old stories about the names make fascinating reading for this adventurous alien!

FREE Kindle eBook: Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the last Brer Rabbit story collection that Harris published, and he tells the stories in verse form!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every day a person grows more wise (a Polish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Here is how it goes in Polish: Co dzień człowiek mędrszy.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Lanka on Fire, as Hanuman makes his escape.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a piano recital by Alex McDonald at 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 29: Michaelmas. Today is the holiday of Saint Michael the Archangel. The holiday is known as "Michaelmas" in England. This will be familiar to those of you who may have studied abroad at a British university, where they call their fall school session by the name of this fall holiday: Michaelmas Term. Below you can see Saint Michael battling the demon, a famous story in the Christian tradition. The city of Arkhangelsk (Archangel) in Russia is named after Michael the Archangel, and you can see the angel and the demon represented in the coat of arms of that city:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.