Wednesday, October 1

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 7. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook/Portfolio assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit, and Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 5PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in your assignment later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 7 Internet assignment(repeat announcement) The Week 7 Internet assignment is available now, and everybody has their project up and running now (which is great!), so I have been able to put everybody into a new random group. If you are ready to do that assignment now, it's ready for you: Internet assignment page.

Week 8 Review. (repeat announcement) For those of you who are working ahead, Week 8 is a review week, and the M-T-W-Th assignments for Week 8 are not ready yet, but they will be ready this Friday, October 3. If you have finished the reading and blogging for Week 7 already, just keep on going: you can move on to Week 9 reading assignments now! That's the Native American reading in Myth-Folklore, and Narayan's Mahabharata in Indian Epics.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Grammar Rock. When I was a little kid, I knew all these Grammar Rock songs by heart (they showed them on TV during Saturday morning cartoons). Conjunction Junction is my favorite:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is VOLCANO from the name of the god, Vulcan. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Norse Giant Perspectives. The giants are often the foes of the Norse gods such as Odin and Thor; in this Storybook you get to hear the stories told from the giants' point of view, with the giants as heroes of course.

FREE Kindle eBook: Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan by Toru Dutt. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Some of the stories will be familiar to those of you in Indian Epics, such as the stories of Sita and Savitri.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The fruit must have a stem before it grows (a Liberian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Nature itself thus gives us a profound metaphor to use in thinking about our own growth.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Battle of Lanka. Here's a close-up showing Hanuman and Ravana:

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be an OU Library booksale on the south side of the Library on Wednesday and Thursday from 10AM to 4PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 1: E.B. White. Today, October 1, marks the death in the year 1985 of the American author, E.B. White, the author of such marvelous children's books as Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web. You can read more about E.B. White's biography in this Wikipedia article; meanwhile, here is a book cover for the translation of Charlotte's Web . . . into Latin: Tela Charlottae!

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.