Sunday, April 12

Today is Sunday of Week 12. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Project commenting and the Project assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time! And if you missed them, here's a link to yesterday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I periodically update the Project stack over the weekend, so you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice today. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday evening. If you wait until Sunday evening or the Monday grace period, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you.

Week 12 extra credit. Week 12 is the last time there will be extra credit for doing more blog comments and more Project comments (as more and more people finish up the class, it becomes harder to coordinate all the commenting). So, if you want/need some extra credit, take advantage of the Week 12 options today!

Finishing up the class. (repeat announcement) After this week (Week 12), there are just three more weeks of school: Weeks 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:

Writing Humor: Writer's Block. I think you all know this feeling!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is LABYRINTH. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Italian Fairy Tales. In this Storybook, Marco — an Italian living in the United States — chooses his favorite Italian fairy tales to tell to his little daughter, hoping to share with her the enchanted stories he heard when he was a little boy in Italy.

FREE eBook: Nala and Damayanti by Henry Hart Milman. This blog post provides additional information about the poems in this book, which include "Nala and Damayanti" and also "The Descent of the Ganges."

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Never tickle a sleeping dragon (the Latin motto of Hogwarts). Details at the Proverb Lab. Not all the Latin in the Harry Potter books is real Latin, but this is!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Kichaka and Draupadi. As you can see, his attentions are unwelcome.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a matinee performance of the Oklahoma Festival Ballet at 3PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Amar Chitra Katha. I have really exciting news for the Indian Epics class next year. As you might already know, I'm creating an UnTextbook for Indian Epics, and one of the things I wanted to include was a selection of Amar Chitra Katha comic books. Now, thanks to the wonderful support of the OU Libraries, there will be a complete collection of 300+ Amar Chitra Katha comic books on reserve in Bizzell! So, I'll be writing up Reading Guides for the ACK comic books, and they will be one of the reading options. I've created a blog for the Amar Chitra Katha Guides — and I'm going to have a lot of fun choosing the comics to include. Here's a promo video for a new ACK comic book:

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.