Thursday, October 30

Today is Thursday of WEEK 11. If you have not turned in your Week 10 Storybook/Portfolio 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 — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Wednesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook/Portfolio Stack. There are still quite a few items in the stack. If you turned something in by 9PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack here.

Finishing the class early.  Another person has finished the class early: exciting! When you finish up with the class, I record a "FINAL GRADE" in the D2L Gradebook so you can be sure you are done. So, just let me know when you have completed the number of points you need: 410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C. It's entirely up to you what grade you want to finish with in the class; whatever grade you decide to stop with is fine with me. The whole idea behind this points-based grading system is to let you know exactly where you stand and to allow you to choose to be finished with the class when you have the points you need. Just let me know when you are done!

Week 15 available. (repeat announcement) As you reach the end of the class, I hope you will include doing the Week 15 assignments as part of your "finishing up" plan. Like in Week 8, Week 15 is a review week with no new reading, and for the blog posts I'm looking for feedback and suggestions to improve the reading and writing activities in these classes next semester. Any ideas you have would be very welcome! So, as you get close to the end, you can do those Week 15 assignments; there's a link to the Week 15 assignments on the regular assignments page now. Thanks in advance for your input!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Keep Going. I thought this might be a good motivational poster for this busy time of the semester!

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

Featured Storybook: Goodnight, Naga. It is the holiday of Nag Panchami and, to celebrate that holiday, a family in Delhi shares stories of the great nagas, beginning with Shesha, the cosmic snake who holds the world.

FREE Kindle eBook: Nala and Damayanti and Other Poems by Henry Hart Milman. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which includes the story of Nala and Damayanti.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Behind the cloud is the sun still shining (from a Longfellow poem). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a meteorological fact with many metaphorical applications!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the Pandavas Escaping the Fire; as you can see, the mighty Bhima is carrying the twins and Draupadi while supporting Arjuna and Yudhishthira.

Thursday Event on Campus: It's the International Bazaar today in the Union Courtyard 9AM to 4PM (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.