Monday, November 14

Today is Monday. Week 12 is now over... and Week 13 has begun. The new week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is European folktales and fairy tales, and in Indian Epics you are choosing what you want to read (or watch!). You can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar.

Update: The Week 13 Project Feedback groups are ready now!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 13... and Thanksgiving. Because of Thanksgiving next week, Week 13 is spread out over two weeks, this week plus next week. You have your regular Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday reading and story posts this week. Then, you have a week off! You can finish the Week 13 assignments before Thanksgiving if you want, or you can turn those in on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Week 14 will start two weeks from today, on Monday, November 28.

Project Stack. I'll update the stack when I get to work on Monday, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. As I mentioned yesterday, I'll be out of town on Friday; if you turned in your assignment on Sunday or earlier, I will be sure to get comments back to you before I leave.

Finishing the semester. Now that there are just three weeks of the semester left (Weeks 13-14-15), it is really important that you have a plan for finishing up with the points you need for the grade you want (410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C). There are 90 regular points coming up in those 3 weeks, plus up to 60 points of extra credit. So, figure out your plan, and if you have any questions, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading Time. As you do the reading for this week, just think about how cool it would be if there were an extra day of the week for reading.

Modern Mythology. Since some of you in Myth-Folklore will be reading about Dante's Inferno, I thought you might enjoy the Academic Edition.

Words from Mythology. And here is a mythological word we use today in English: CEREAL, from the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres (Greek Demeter).

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Nighttime Nagas. It's not just human mothers and fathers who tell bedtime stories to their children — even naga moms and dads are called upon to tell bedtime stories to the little ones before they go to sleep.

Free Book Online: Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by R. Nisbet Bain. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. There are lovely illustrations by Noel Laura Nisbet:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is There’s a many a slip between cup and lip (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. These are wise words to keep in mind as you prepare for the end of the semester: be prepared for the unexpected!

Today's Video: Shiva Moon by Prem Joshua. I thought this would be a good music video to share with the beautiful moon right now.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for the end of the semester: I'm confident that I can go high. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: This is the last week of the Campus Coffee Crawl: visit the five different coffee locations, tweet, and then you receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and free coffee for Dead Week (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 14: Karen Armstrong. Today is the birthday of the writer Karen Armstrong, born this day in 1944; she is one of my favorite authors on religious history. You can read more about her life and career in this Wikipedia article. My personal favorite of her many books is The Battle for God. Happy birthday, Karen Armstrong!

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