Monday, September 14

Today is Monday. Week 3 is now over... and Week 4 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish your last Week 3 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Middle Eastern and/or Indian stories, and in Indian Epics you will be looking at the Ramayana for one more week before moving on to the Mahabharata in Week 5. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

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, 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 4 Project assignment until you get Week 3 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 Guide page.

Grading Chart. The class is now 20% over, so you might want to use this Grading Chart to check how you are doing. The chart lets you see the point totals week by week so you can gauge whether you are on track for the grade you want to receive in the class. If you are not on track, just make sure you do more of the assigned work, along with some extra credit to make up any assignments you might have missed.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Tech-Meditation. It's all about the technology of the mind and mindfulness!

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is SHAMPOO which comes to English from the Hindu word champo. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Real Arabian Nights. You may know the heroes of the tales of the Arabian Nights, characters like Aladdin and Ali Baba, but in this Storybook you will see things in a new way as the evil magician from the story of Aladdin shares with you his own version of those famous tales.

Free Book Online: The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales by Kate Wiggin and Nora Smith. This blog post provides additional information about the book, which includes the stories of Aladdin, Sindbad, and Ali Baba.

India Comic Book: Prahlad: A Tale Of Devotion From The Bhagawat Purana. This blog post provides additional information about this comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. It tells the story of one of Vishnu's most dramatic avatars: Narasimha, the Man-Lion, who came to the rescue of Prahlad, a devoted follower of Vishnu.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Well begun is half done (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Now that you have begun the semester and gotten off to such a good start, you can call it half-done... because getting a good start is often the hardest part of any project!

Today's Video: King Tut ("Walking on the Sun" by Smash Mouth). Yes, it's another one of Amy Burvall's marvelous history mash-up videos, this time with an ancient Egyptian theme: King Tut.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows "The best projects are open-ended" — details at the blog. This is a good thought to keep in mind as you think about your project for this class or any of your other class projects: leave room to keep on growing... and climbing!

Event on Campus: On Monday at 4:30PM in Meacham Auditorium, Professor David Levy will be giving a lecture on the history of OU: "A Decade of Hardship: Oklahoma and its Flagship University in the 1930s" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through the 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.