Sunday, November 16

Today is Sunday of Week 13. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Storybook/Portfolio commenting (Internet) assignment and your own Storybook/Portfolio assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time! And if you missed them, here's a link to all the announcements so far this week.

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. (repeat announcement) 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 due today, then Week 14 starting tomorrow, then a full week off for Thanksgiving, and then the last week of class, with the last day of class on Friday, December 5. Information about grading here: Grading Chart. You can give yourself a dead week in this class by finishing up before Thanksgiving, or by finishing during the Thanksgiving break. If you have any questions as you make your plan for finishing up the class, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: The 15 Punctuation Marks. As you can see, the poor comma is asked to do way more than any other punctuation mark!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is ATLAS, from the name of the Titan, Atlas. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Automatons: Robots of Legend. This story contains legends of mythological robots, beginning with the legendary Talos, guardian of the ancient Greek island of Crete, and the mechanical eagle that fed each day on the liver of the Titan Prometheus.

FREE Kindle eBook: Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, an anthology edited by William Butler Yeats. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Yeats has drawn on a wonderful variety of published sources to create this anthology, and you will recognize some of the stories from the Celtic units in Myth-Folklore.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The world is a theater of love (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a saying of the Kashmiri people.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Visvarupa, the manifestation of the god Vishnu in all his forms, as revealed to Arjuna before the Battle of Kurukshetra. (Look down in the left-hand corner to see Arjuna.)

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be an organ recital by Craig Sproat, free and open to the public at 8PM in the Gothic Hall of the Catlett Music Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 16: Oklahoma Admission Day. Today, November 16, marks the admission of Oklahoma to the United States of America in the year 1907, the 46th state (followed later by New Mexico and Arizona in 1912, and then Alaska and Hawaii in 1959). When the state of Oklahoma was created, it combined the lands of the Oklahoma Territory as well as Indian Territory, putting an end to plans to create a State of Sequoyah in eastern Oklahoma, which had been Indian Territory. You can read about the proposed State of Sequoyah in this Wikipedia article; the image below shows the Oklahoma and Indian Territories circa the 1890s:

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.