Tuesday, April 14

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 13, 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! 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

Week 13 Internet assignment NOW AVAILABLE. The Week 13 Internet assignment is available: you will be nominating your favorite Storybooks and favorite Portfolios. Then, next Monday afternoon when everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated projects. Thank you in advance for your input: the more people who make nominations, the better the ballot will be! Since D2L will not be available this weekend, I've created this assignment as a Google Form for you to fill out. (I'll have more to say about the D2L outage later this week; check the announcements on Friday.)

Project Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Project assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Friday or on Saturday before 5PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack, and you can check here to make sure your assignment is in the stack: contents of the stack.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Word Humor: A Linguist's Guide to HULK SMASH. This delightful article by James Harbeck gives you some grammatical insight into HULKSPEAK.

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

Featured Storybook: Nature Tales of the Cherokee. Victoria is a little girl who wants to hear stories about princesses. Her grandmother, though, decides to tell her the stories of her people, the Cherokee, about the world of nature.

FREE eBook: The Decameron by Boccaccio. This blog post provides additional information about where you can find this book online, one of the most famous "Storybooks" of all time, including an audiobook version! This is one of the reading options for Myth-Folklore this week.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those proverbs that is still going strong!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Dhritarashtra and Duryodhana. You can see that Dhritarashtra's eyes are closed, as he is blind.

Tuesday Event on Campus: Enjoy free coffee in the Hester Hall Patio from 9AM-11AM while learning about your summer, semester, and academic year opportunities at OU’s Study Centers in Arezzo, Puebla, and Rio! (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 14: Peter Capaldi. Yes, today is the birthday of Peter Capaldi, who is playing the latest incarnation of Doctor Who. You can read more about Capaldi's life and career at Wikipedia. Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi! Here's a shot from one of my favorite Capaldi episodes: Listen.

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.