Monday, February 16

Today is Monday. Week 5 is now over... and Week 6 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the Week 5 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Asia or Africa, and in Indian Epics you also have a choice: more of Buck's Ramayana or Indian units from the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Directories. The Projects are really coming together now. You can see the list of Myth-Folklore Projects, and also the list of Indian Epics Projects. I'll keep updating that list on Monday morning, and then on Monday afternoon I'll be able to make the first set of Project commenting groups for the Week 6 Project commenting... and yes, finally, you really will be commenting on other people's Projects! :-)

Project Stack. As always on Monday, I will have a HUGE bunch of assignments in the Stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 8AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will then start reading the assignments in the order they were turned in. Please do not go on to the Week 6 Project assignment until you get Week 5 comments back from me. I'll be updating the stack as I make my way through the assignments!

Late Storybooks. Each week, the Project assignment is the only assignment that can be turned in late, and that's because I cannot get all the Projects returned immediately. For details about turning in a late Project assignment, see the Project assignments page.

New Extra Credit: Indian Epics UnTextbook. You will see that there is a new extra credit option this week, and it will be available every week between now and the end of the semester: I am asking for your help in deciding which books will be best to include in the UnTextbook that I want to create this summer for the Indian Epics class. If you enjoy doing the reading and like exploring books online, then this will be an extra credit assignment you might enjoy! You'll see it listed with the other extra credit options in the weekly assignment list.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Resource: European Word Translator. The European Word Translator is a mash-up using Google Translate, and a very creative one! You type a word into the "Translate it!" box, and then the translations show up on the map for the language of each country. Here are the results for the English word: fable.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is THUG, from the Hindi word thag. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Native American Heroes. The first American heroes were the heroes of Native American legends, like Shining Star and the brothers Thunder and Lightning. Learn about their stories in this Storybook!

FREE eBook: Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is the source for one of the Japanese fairy tale units in Myth-Folklore this week.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The smaller the lizard, the greater its hope of becoming a crocodile (an Ethiopian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. That is true for the metaphorical lizards among us as well!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Death of Vali. His son Angada kneels at his feet while his wife Tara holds the dying Vali's head.

Monday Event on Campus: Anita Fields, Osage artist, will be discussing her work as part of the Oklahoma Contemporary Native American Artist Lecture series at 3PM in 132 Ellison Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.