Saturday, November 15

Today is Saturday of Week 13. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you can do that this weekend — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Friday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Portfolios/Storybooks. You can check the contents of the stack here, and I'll update the listing at least once or twice over the weekend. If your assignment will give you the points that allow you to finish up the class, send me a separate email so that I will know to put your assignment at the top of the stack on Monday!

Week 13 UnTextbook Report. Thanks as always to the people who filled out the Google Form with your comments and feedback about the European units, first week. I've written up the results here: Week 13 UnTextbook Report. People seem to be pleased with all their choices, so I am very glad about that!

Finishing class. Hopefully you all have your plan in place for how you want to finish up the class! There are the last assignments of Week 13, then Week 14 in the coming week, then a full week off for Thanksgiving, and then the last week of class, with last day of class on Friday, December 5. If you have any questions as you make your plan for finishing up the class, let me know! Information about grading here: Grading Chart.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Humor Resource: Shakespeare's Tragedies. Sooner or later everything is destined to become an infographic. So, here is an infographic for Shakespeare's tragedies!

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

Featured Storybook: Nature Tales of the Cherokee. Victoria is a little girl who wants to hear stories about princesses. Her grandmother, though, decides to tell her the stories of her people, the Cherokee, and so Victoria learns about where strawberries come from, why some trees keep their leaves all year long, and other tales of nature's ways.

FREE Kindle eBook: Russian Fairy Tales by W.R.S. Ralston. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the book I used for the Russian unit in Myth-Folklore this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The roughest stone becomes smooth when it is much rolled (a Swiss proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true of stones, and of other things in life too!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna and Bhishma, in one of the most dramatic confrontations of the Battle of Kurukshetra.

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be a performance of "Little Women" at the Weitzenhoffer Theatre, 563 Elm Ave., at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 15: Birthday of Johannes Secundus. One of my favorite Latin authors, Johannes (or Janus) Secundus, was born on November 15 in the year 1511. Yes, that's right: 1511 — not in ancient Roman times, but in Renaissance Europe. Johannes Secundus is what is called a "neo-Latin" poet, rather than a classical Roman writer. He is most famous for a series of poems he called Liber Basiorum in Latin, or The Book of Kisses. To learn more about Secundus and his all-too-short life (he died when he was just 24 years old), you can take a look at this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this image:

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.