Thursday, October 19

Today is Thursday of Week 9. If you have not done your story yet for this week, that means today is Storytelling Day. Let your imagination run wild! Here is a link to all of this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Thursday style. Each Thursday, I highlight a style you might want to try (previously: social mediarapanimalssci-fiballads), and this week I want to highlight one of my personal favorites: OU style. When you re-tell a story with an OU setting, that allows you to write from your own experience. You could even go to the location on campus to write your story, filling it with lots of detail. Here are some Storybooks from the archives that are set at OU: The Trickster of OUWerewolves of Norman, and Lord Rama: The Greatest OU Football Player.

Project Stack. If you turned in something before 6PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me, and I should be able to get to the rest of the Sunday assignments today. While you are waiting on comments back from me about your Project assignment, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Extra Credit. If you missed Part A or Part B of the reading this week and need to make up the points, you can always do an extra credit reading option! Find out more in the extra credit section of this week's assignments.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Class Twitter. From yesterday's Twitter @OnlineMythIndia, there was so much great stuff for Narak Chaturdashi, which is celebrated as Bhoot Chaturdashi in Bengal; bhoots are ghosts, as you can see in this video:
Creativity. To inspire you in your writing, here is some advice from Maya Angelou: You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Storybook Archive. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class... and it starts out as an OU story: The Princess and the Green Serpent. This dramatic retelling of Madame D'Aulnoy's classic "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale begins on a stormy night in Bizzell Library . . .

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time by Krishna Dharma. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This recent translation is available free online at the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase Online thanks to the generosity of the author.

Story of the Day. Today's story is from the Buddhist Jataka tales: The Brave Little Bowman. It teaches the lesson of not judging by appearances!

Video: The video for today is one of my favorite songs by Maati Baani: Jao Piya. There is an English translation at the YouTube page, and the amazing Bharatnatyam dancer is Mubina Bandukwala.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has the will to learn: I can do it. Find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Here's an announcement from Akriti in Indian Epics: India Students Association has organized a Bollywood Movie Night in the Headington Hall auditorium at 6:30 PM; the film is Bahubali (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Diwali 2017. One of the most festive celebrations in the Hindu calendar is Diwali, the "Festival of Lights," which takes place over a five-day period, and you can read about each day of the festival at Wikipedia. The word Diwali is a contraction of "Deepawali," which means "row of lamps," and one of the Diwali rituals is the lighting of candles and lamps to symbolize the triumph of light over the dark. The image below shows a Diwali festival in Chandigarh, India.

You will see lots about Diwali at Twitter today, and here's a video from Epified: Diwali:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.