Tuesday, November 11

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 13, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available - Storybook and Portfolio Nominations! If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook/Portfolio assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit, and Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Monday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Monday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 13 Internet assignment NOW AVAILABLE. The Week 13 Internet assignment is available: you will be nominating your favorite Storybook projects in various categories, and you will also nominate your favorite Portfolios. Then, next Monday afternoon when everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks and Portfolios. Thank you in advance for your input: the more people who make nominations, the better the ballot will be!

Portfolio/Storybook stack. As often on Tuesday, there is still a huge bunch of assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Friday, you should have comments back from me and points recorded in the Gradebook. If you turned something in on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Movies and States. This fun map shows a film for each state. Of course, for some states, many films would be possible; as the poster explains, the films were chosen on the basis of IMDB ratings. I was born in the state of For a Few Dollars More, and I now work for the "University of True Grit."

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is Hermetic which ultimately comes from the name of the Greek god Hermes, through the identification of Herms with the Egyptian god Thoth. For details, see this blog post.
Featured Storybook: Heroes Revealed: The Truth. Charon the boatman has ferried many heroes to the shores of the afterlife. So that you can learn just what it means to be a hero, he will take you to meet Heracles, Beowulf, King Arthur and Cleopatra, who will each tell you the stories of their own heroic deeds.

FREE Kindle eBook: The Decameron by Boccaccio translated by J. M. Rigg. 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 Boccaccio unit in Myth-Folklore this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those proverbs that is still alive and well; I'm guessing you have probably heard this one before!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Kichaka and Draupadi. As you can see, Draupadi, disguised as a servant, is trying to rebuff his advances.

Tuesday Event on Campus: Tuesday Noon Concert in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Art Museum (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Armistice Day. Today, November 11, is Armistice Day, "The Day of the Setting-Down-of-Arms," marking the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I on November 11 in 1918. November 11 is also the birthday of one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, Kurt Vonnegut. You can read about Vonnegut's life and career in this Wikipedia article. Here is a quote where Vonnegut talks about the fact that he was born on Armistice Day in 1922, just a few years after the end of World War I: "When I was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind."

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