Tuesday, February 17

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Project commenting assignment for this week is now available! If you have not turned in your Week 5 Project 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

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the HUGE stack of Project assignments that people have turned in over the weekend: the stack. If you turned in your assignment on Friday or on Saturday before noon, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in something on Saturday afternoon, Sunday, or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. Please wait on my comments before you go on to the next Project assignment. Meanwhile, you can keep working ahead on the other class assignments while you are waiting to hear back from me.

Week 6 Project Comment assignment available now. Now that Week 6 has begun, the Week 6 Project Commenting assignment is available! Just like with the blog commenting, everybody is in groups, and the groups will change at random each week. So, for the rest of the semester you'll be reading other people's Storybooks and Portfolios and leaving comments for them to help as they develop their project, and you should also be getting feedback from others about your project too.

Week 6 Indian Epics UnTextbook: New extra credit. Starting in Week 6, you will see there is a new extra credit assignment available: it's a reading option where I am asking you to help me review some of the books I would like to include in the Indian Epics UnTextbook that I hope to create this summer. Especially if you enjoy reading and like to learn about online books, you might enjoy this extra credit option, and I will be really grateful for your feedback about the books! There are 7 books to choose from right now, and I'll be adding some more as the semester progresses. It's available for students in Myth-Folklore also; it's not just for students in the Indian Epics class.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The Power of I Don't Know. This inspiring graphic is by Heather Wolpert-Gawron:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is VENEREAL, from the Roman goddess of love, Venus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Epic Brothers. At the end of his long reign, Rama gathers up the brothers who have survived — Sampati, Sugriva, and Vibhishana — in order to share stories and make one last journey together.

FREE eBook: Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria by Elphinstone Dayrell. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the book I used for the Nigerian unit in Myth-Folklore this week, and the book contains many more stories that I did not have room for in the reading unit.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is First lay the egg, then cackle (an Estonian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. In other words, make sure you've actually done the deed you want to boast about!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Hanuman and Rama. Rama is giving Hanuman his ring as a token to take to Sita in Lanka.

Tuesday Event on Campus: Nigerian filmmaker Kenneth Gyang will present his film "Confusion Na Wa" at 7PM in Gaylord Hall; there will also be a discussion tomorrow, Wednesday, with the director at 3PM in 145 Hester 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.