Below are instructions for what's due on the blog (to take place of meeting on campus tomorrow), and what's due Monday. Make sure to read this carefully, and take note of which instructions are for your particular class time...
Blog assignment (due at 9 AM for 8 AM section, and by 11 AM for 10 AM students):
Read the excerpt from Funeral Customs: Their Origin and Development, that begins on page 21 in the course reader; it's about a couple of crazy food phenomena--that of the sin-eater and that of corpse-eating. There's a little black square on the left hand side of the first page; that's where you should start reading (it was a Post-It Note that said 'Start', but it didn't copy so well).
Respond to the excerpt in a reply to this post by the times indicated above. Your response needs to be in your best formal writing style, and should display some sort of critical or analytical thinking. One to two paragraphs should suffice. If you are confused by the reading, say so on the blog, and allow your learning community to help you!
Weekend homework (due Monday):
Find two sources (any kind) for your research essay. Don't use Wikipedia except as a very preliminary starting point; it's not credible, as there's no editorial authority on the site--anyone can publish anything. Put the two sources in an MLA Works Cited List (use easybib.com ), print it, and bring it to class on Monday.
Also, please read the following two pieces in your course reader (refer to table of contents for page numbers): "Mauritania's 'wife-fattening' farm" from BBC News, and the excerpt from A Cook's Tour, by Anthony Bourdain. We'll talk about these in class on Monday (they're both a quick read, and one is quite short).
Last, read the handout titled Research Tips, Guidelines, and Resources on pages 7-8 in the course reader, then read Tips for Evaluating Sources on page 9 in the reader.
E-mail me with questions!
P.S. This seems like a lot of work, but it won't take an inordinately long time...