Tuesday, November 4

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 12, 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! If you have not turned in your Week 11 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

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 or Saturday, you should have comments back from me and points recorded in the Gradebook. If you turned something in on Sunday or on 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.

Internet assignment. The Internet assignment (Storybook commenting) for Week 12 is ready to go, and this week it is all free choice! I hope you will enjoy revisiting some of your favorite Storybooks to see what new stories have been added.

Finishing up the class. (repeat announcement) There are now just four more weeks of school: Weeks 12-13-14-15. It's important to make a plan now for finishing up the class, i.e. choosing what assignments you want to work on, deciding on how many stories you want to include in your Portfolio or Storybook, etc. If you have questions about any of that, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Word Resource: European Word Translator. This mash-up uses Google Translate so that you can type a word into the "Translate it!" box, and then the translations show up on the map for the language of each country. If you're not up on your geography, you can hover over each word to see what language it is.

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

Featured Storybook: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Missing River. Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson have come to India for some rest and relaxation, but when they find a murdered woman in their rented room, they have no choice but to pursue the mystery which leads them into dangers strangely reminiscent of the Ramayana.

FREE Kindle eBook: Welsh Fairy Tales and Other Stories by Peter H. Emerson. 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 one of the Welsh units in Myth-Folklore this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The snake goes crookedly, yet it arrives straight within its hole (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb of the Kashmiri people.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Game of Dice. You can see Dushasana trying to strip Draupadi's clothing after the Pandavas lose the game.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be a 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.

ELECTION DAY. It's Election Day in Oklahoma: go vote! You can find abundant election resources at the Oklahoma Policy Center website.

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.