Friday, November 7

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 12! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available now — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Thursday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Back in Office. Thank you for your patience when I was out of the office yesterday. I think I got caught up on any email questions, but if I missed something, let me know!

Storybook/Portfolio Stack. I've still got a lot of Storybooks in the stack, but I hope to get comments back today to anything turned in before Friday. You can check to make sure I have received your assignment here: Storybook/Portfolio stack contents.

Blog Responding. The blog responding groups are ready to go! If you don't have a Storytelling post, you are not in a group, and that means you have free choice for the blog responding: you can choose two people at random from any of the groups.

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:

Humor Resource: The Dog Ate My Homework. There's a reason why dogs are man's best friend!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SUGAR, which comes to English via Arabic sukkar from Sanskrit sharkara. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Ravana Diaries. For many years, an archaeologist has been excavating ancient sites on the island of Lanka, seeking to learn more about Ravana, King of the Rakshasas. Finally one day he discovers just what he has always hoped to find: Ravana's own diary.

FREE Kindle eBook: Stories from the Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion by Beatrice Clay. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. For those of you in Myth-Folklore looking for more Arthurian legends, here is a book to read!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is An untouched drum does not speak (a Liberian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Let the drums speak!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Yama. You can see him here on his vahana (vehicle) — the water buffalo.

Friday Event on Campus: It's "Farsi Friday" again! You can drop in at 230 Kaufman Hall from 2PM to 3PM, drink tea, and learn about Persian culture. 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.