Monday, November 24

Today is Monday, and it is still Week 14. I'm in the office today to read and reply to any Storybook assignments that come in from people who want to finish up before Thanksgiving!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Holiday Break! This week is a holiday break, with the final Week 14 assignments due after Thanksgiving and the usual grace period on Monday, December 1. I'm in the office on Monday, November 24; I'll then be out of the office for the rest of the week.  I will be checking email on and off during the week, but not frequently. The next announcements will be on Saturday, and I'll be back at work as usual on December 1. Enjoy the break!

Storybook/Portfolio Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. On Monday, I'll get through everything turned in by Sunday, November 23, and I'll try to get through everything turned in on Monday too. Anything that comes in later will go into the stack for the Monday after Thanksgiving, December 1.

Finishing the class. When you finish up with the class, I record a "FINAL GRADE" in the D2L Gradebook. 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. Week 15 is compressed because of finals, with the last assignments due on Friday, December 5, by noon. That also means there can be no late Week 14 Storybook assignments; if you are turning in a Week 14 Storybook, make sure that you get that turned in on Sunday after Thanksgiving or during the Monday grace period, December 1, at the latest.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Comma Humor: Stop Clubbing, Baby Seals. Because you can never have too much comma humor:

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is PAJAMAS, which comes to English via Urdu and Persian. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Ramayana Museum of Art. When Sophie decides to visit the museum, she certainly did not suspect that she would walk right into the Ramayana itself, with her own part to play in the ancient adventure.

FREE Kindle eBook: A Hundred Fables of La Fontaine by Percy J. Billinghurst. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The French poet La Fontaine's versions of Aesop's fables are delightful!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Learning is a companion on a journey to a strange country (a Sanskrit proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This saying comes from the Sanskrit story collection known as the Hitopadesha.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Vyasa and Janamejaya. King Janamejaya, wearing a crown, is on the left.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Safe travels for those of you who will be on the road!

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.