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Week 2: Myth-Folklore Reading Overview 


This assignment has four parts, and it will take you approximately one hour to complete the whole assignment. This is what you will find in future weeks also: there are two reading assignments each week, and each assignment will take approximately one hour. Reading is the foundation of this class; if you can do a good job with the reading assignments each week, everything else will easily fall into place!


PART ONE: Learn about the UnTextbook. Start by reading this Overview of the UnTextbook. The UnTextbook is your free online textbook for this class. I had so much fun creating the UnTextbook a few years ago, and I hope you will enjoy it too! The blog post explains how the UnTextbook is organized, and then you can spend some time browsing to see what units grab your attention.

Update: There are some new UnTextbook units based on the Tiny Tales books that I have been writing; you will see Tiny Tales of Aesop as an option for Weeks 3/4, then Nasruddin, Sufis and Indian Tale options for Weeks 5/6, and finally Anansi for Weeks 7/9. Those Tiny Tales books are available in many formats plus audio (very amateur recording by yours truly).


PART TWO: Make your UnTextbook Plan. Make a tentative plan for the reading units you think you might choose for the semester. You do not have to stick to this plan; the idea is just to get some ideas so that as each week arrives, you will have something in mind! Here is how to do that step by step:


1. Create a new blog post in your blog with the title Week 2 Reading Overview.

2. Copy-and-paste the form below into the blog post.

3. Adjust the formatting by using Control-A to highlight the contents of the post, and then Tx to remove the formatting. That way the formatting of the post will match your blog format overall. The Tx button is so useful in Blogger when you are copying and pasting from another source; it removes the formatting, but keeps the links. You'll find it to the far right of the extended editing menu:



4. Explore the 6 different content areas of the UnTextbook, and choose a reading unit for each week. For example, if you are into Greek mythology, you might choose the Iliad for Week 3 and the Odyssey for Week 4. If you are interested in Bible traditions, you might choose to do the Bible Women and Gospel of Mark. Or you could choose one from each: Aesop's Fables and Jewish Fairy Tales, for example. It's all about what grabs your interest!


Here's the content to copy-and-paste into the blog and then remove formatting:


Choose from CLASSICAL and/or BIBLICAL units for Weeks 3 and 4.

Week 3: _________ 

Week 4: _________

Choose from MIDDLE EASTERN and/or INDIAN units for Weeks 5 and 6.

Week 5: _________ 

Week 6: _________

Choose from ASIAN and/or AFRICAN units for Weeks 7 and 9. [Week 8 is review week.]

Week 7: _________ 

Week 9: _________

Choose from NATIVE AMERICAN units for Weeks 10 and 11.

Week 10: _________ 

Week 11: _________

Choose from BRITISH and/or CELTIC units for Weeks 12 and 13.

Week 12: _________ 

Week 13: _________

Choose from EUROPEAN units for Weeks 14 and 15.

Week 14: _________ 

Week 15: _________


PART THREE: Share your interests. Now that you have made a tentative plan for the semester, please include some remarks about your reading interests. Is there a unit here that you are really excited about? Are there some mythology and folklore topics NOT covered in the UnTextbook that you would like to read about? If you can let me know about your interests, I will be able to help you brainstorm ways that you can customize this class so that it reflects the topics you are most interested in. One way to do that is with the Storybook project (which you will learn more about later this week), and another way to do that is by using the extra credit reading option, which is something available every week. You can find out more about that here: Myth-Folklore Extra Credit Reading. 


PART FOUR: Finish the blog post. To finish up the blog post, find an image to include (there are lots of images in the UnTextbook to go with the stories), along with a comment about why you chose that particular image. Provide image information for the image, and use Week 2, Reading for the blog post labels.


When you are done, publish the post, and then complete the Canvas Declaration in the Week 2 Module: 


DECLARATION A: Reading Overview 

I have published a blog post for the reading overview assignment. 

POST TITLE: I used "Week 2 Reading Overview" as the title.

POST LABELS: I used "Reading, Week 2" for the labels.

IMAGE: I Included at least one image with image information.




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