Thursday, November 20

Today is Thursday of WEEK 14. If you have not turned in your Week 13 Storybook/Portfolio assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit, and Thursday morning until noon is also the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Wednesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment before 9PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in your assignment later on Sunday or during the week, your assignment is still in the stack; you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your email. Meanwhile, if the points for that assignment will give you the points you need to finish the class, send me a separate email to let me know, and I'll put your Storybook at the top of the stack.

Storybook Ballots. (repeat announcement) I've tallied up the nominations that people turned in (many thanks to everybody who participated in that part of the process!), and you can see the nominations for each class here: Storybook Ballot. The ballot contains links to the Storybooks nominated in your class, and maybe you will want to visit the Storybooks in the other class too! For each class, you will find the actual ballot for voting in Desire2Learn in Week 14. This is just for fun - not for a grade or anything. If you have a few minutes to spare, please vote for your own personal favorites. The ballot will be available until 5PM today, Thursday, and I'll announce the results on Friday.

Thanksgiving Break. (repeat announcement) You will be getting a full week off for Thanksgiving in this class. Thanksgiving falls on November 27 this year, which means it is very late in the semester. So, you will have all the regular Thursday work this week. Then, the remaining Week 14 assignments are not due until after Thanksgiving, with the usual grace period on Monday, December 1. I hope that makes sense; if you have any questions, please ask!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Beginnings and Endings. I thought this might be a good graphic as you ponder the end of the semester!

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

Featured Storybook: Dreams of the Ancients: Dreams Are Reality. You are dreaming, and then you awake as Rama... who then dreams, and wakes as Vishnu... who then dreams... and wakes...

FREE Kindle eBook: Italian Popular Tales by Thomas F. Crane. 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 source for the Italian fairy tales unit in Myth-Folklore this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A goose-quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is like "the pen is mightier than the sword," but with animal metaphors!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Death of Bhishma. You can see him resting on the bed of arrows.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a concert by the OU Symphony Orchestra at 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett Music Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Christmas Wreaths. I saw this in Bria's "famous last words" post today and wanted to share it here: I make wreaths! Each one is specialized and individualized to be whatever you want it to be! Plus, I just learned how to put lights (that use a battery pack) in the wreaths! So, if you want one, just message me here and I will give you my email so we can talk about what you want. I usually only charge $10 per wreath, unless you want a larger size or some specific costly addition. Here's a link to the blog post: Famous Last Words. If anybody else here makes crafts and you want to spread the word via the announcements, let me know!

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.