Thursday, September 18

Today is Thursday of WEEK 5. If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit, and Thursday morning until noon is also the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Missed Assignments and Extra Credit. Especially if you have midterms going on in your other classes right now, you might miss some assignments in this class. That is not a problem; you can make up missing assignments later on with extra credit when you have more time — that is what the extra credit is for! To see how you are doing week by week, there is a Grading Chart here that I hope will be helpful. If you have questions about that, let me know. This class is very flexible, and I'm glad to help you strategize about any of the assignments.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the very large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. You can check to make sure I have your assignment by looking at the contents of the stack here. I will be doing my very best to get everything in the stack cleared out by the end of the day on Friday, fingers crossed!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Fun: The Great Language Game. As some of you may know, my favorite courses in college were always the foreign language courses (I double-majored in Classics and Slavic). I know some of you are also keen students of foreign languages, so here's a fun game to play: listen to the audio, and see if you can identity the language being spoken!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SINGAPORE, from Sanskrit Simhapuram, "Lion-City." For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Luminescent: The Supernatural Creature Laboratory. Have you heard of The Island of Doctor Moreau? In this modern Moreau story, weird creatures — including an Egungun from Africa and the Headless Horseman of American legend — have been collected and caged for scientific study. But what happens if the creatures break out of their cages?

FREE Kindle eBook: Deccan Nursery Tales by C. A. Kincaid. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book that come from the Deccan plateau region of southern India.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When the house is built, the carpenter is forgotten (an Indian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I was glad I could find a photograph of carpenters in India to go with this Indian proverb!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ravana Abducting Sita, while the noble bird Jatayu fights valiantly to save her; if you look closely, you can see Sita dropping her jewelry for the monkeys to find.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a FREE screening of the science fiction adventure film "Edge of Tomorrow" in Meacham at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.