Sunday, September 27

Today is Sunday of Week 5. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Progress. In the D2L Gradebook, there is an item called "Project Progress." That is where you can see what Project assignment you have due next. Over time, each person ends up on their own schedule based on whether they choose Storybook or Portfolio, if they miss a week or two or three, etc. If you are not sure what you have due, just check that item in D2L and/or let me know if you have any questions.

Project Email. Each week there's a Project email that you'll be sending in, and you do the Declaration after you send me that email. Make sure you send the email: it's the only way I have of knowing that you've finished your Project assignment and that you've checked carefully to make sure it is done and ready for readers. Each Project assignment has its own particular checklist as you'll see; if you have any questions, check with me before doing the Declaration.

Assignment Stack. (repeat announcement) You can check the stack to make sure I received your Project assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. On Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Friday. If you want comments back sooner rather than later, turn your assignment in on Sunday morning or afternoon. If you wait until Sunday evening, it will be farther down in the stack and you'll have to wait longer to get comments back.

Week 6 Reading. As we move into Week 6, you will be choosing between Asian and African readings in Myth-Folklore, and those of you in Indian Epics will be finishing up the Mahabharata!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut. Find out more about this scheme by the marvelous novelist Kurt Vonnegut at this full-sized view.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is PARCHEESI, from Hindi pachisi, meaning "twenty-five." Parcheesi is one of my favorite board games! For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Lifelong Devotion: Tales of Love at Karva Chauth. Karva Chauth is an Indian holiday in which women honor the power of love in their lives. In this Storybook, you will spend the holiday with Sita, Ahalya and Radha as they reflect on the dramatic ways in which each woman's loving devotion was put to the test.

Free Book Online: Tales of the Punjab by Flora Annie Steel. This blog post provides additional information about this collection of stories, which includes fairy tales and Raja Rasalu stories too.

India Comic Book: Tales of Arjuna: The Exploits of an Exceptional Warrior. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this comic book which includes several stories about Arjuna, including a wonderful story about Arjuna and Hanuman.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The fuller the cup, the sooner the spill (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Those of you with very full schedules this semester know the wisdom of this proverb!

Today's Video: The Dance of Shiva. This is another video series from Devdutt Pattanaik: four very short videos, all about Shiva.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat advises you to take some time today to reflect: To grow yourself, you must know yourself. Details at the blog.

September 27: Anant Chaturdashi. This holiday comes ten days after Ganesh Chaturthi, and it is the last day of the festival in honor of Ganesha when the Ganesha idols are immersed in lakes, rivers, or in the ocean. You can read more at Wikipedia. This photo shows the immersion of a Ganesha idol in Mumbai:

Event in Norman: Groovefest will be taking place from noon until 8PM in Andrews Park (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.