Tuesday, November 18

Thanks so much to everybody who submitted nominations!

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 14, but because of the Snow Day there is still a grace period until noon today for the final Week 13 assignments, along with a grace period for the Monday reading assignment — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Monday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 13 Internet assignment. After people finish turning in their Storybook nominations for the Week 13 Internet assignment today at noon, I'll prepare a ballot with the most-nominated Storybooks for you to vote on. I'll have that ready at some point today, with voting to take place this week, and results to be announced on Friday. Thanks to everybody who turned in nominations!

Portfolio/Storybook stack. There is still a big 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.

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 M-T-W-Th assignments in Week 14 on the regular schedule this week. Then, after the Thursday assignments on November 20, 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!

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!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

29 Ways to Stay Creative. This great graphic is designed by Islam Abudaoud.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is AEGIS, a special animal-skin shield used by both Athena and Zeus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Post Secret Sanskrit. This collection of Post Secret stories, together with postcards, is told by the Panchakanya, the five women of the epics: Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunit, Tara, and Mandodari.

FREE Kindle eBook: Europa's Fairy Book by Joseph Jacobs. 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 of the Europa unit in Myth-Folklore this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is We never know the worth of water till the well is dry (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true of water, and of other precious things.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Bhima and Duryodhana. You can see that the mighty Bhima, wielding his mace, has brought Duryodhana down.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be an OU Jazz Bands concert in the Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 18: William Caxton. On this day in the year 1477, William Caxton produced the first printed book in England! The first printed book in Europe, the famous Gutenberg Bible, had been printed in Germany in 1453, and it was about 25 years later that William Caxton started printing books in England. You can read more about William Caxton's life and career in this Wikipedia article. I am interested in Caxton because one of the other books he published was the first printed edition of Aesop's fables in English in 1484! The image below shows an image of Aesop from that edition; each of the objects around Aesop suggests an incident from his life:

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.