Wednesday, January 22

Today is Wednesday of Week 2. Here is a link to the Week 2 assignments. If you have not read the "Anthology" of stories yet, then you will be doing that today for Reading B. As you read, look for the story you want to retell in your own way, and if you're curious, you can take a look at the stories people have written so far. There are already some stories in both classes!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. So far, I've been keeping up with people turning in their Week 2 project assignments, getting projects back to people the next day. So, if you turned in a project assignment on Tuesday, I should be able to get that back to you today. As those projects come in, I add them to the "stack," and you can check the stack to make sure I have received your project.

Introductions. All the Introductions are in the randomizer now for the Week 2 blog comments, and you may be getting comments from other students already (the commenting assignment comes later this week). I will also be commenting on the Introductions  this week and also next week.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. A lot of OU students have been to Italy, and here's a beautiful picture that Dani took of the countryside in Assisi: Introduction to a Future Author and Adventurer.

Twitter Stream. Yesterday was #SquirrelAppreciationDay at Twitter, and here's a squirrel item from one of my favorite Twitter streams, Atlas Obscura: the giant Malabar squirrel of India with its technicolor tail:

Storybooks. You may have seen this Storybook last week if you explored the Twine system, which lets you create stories-as-games: Flood Myths.

100-Word Stories. Today's story is an environmental Aesop's fable: The Frogs and the Sun (click title for more info).

Indian Epics Today. The epic character today is Vayu, the god of the wind. Vayu is the father of two of the great epic heroes: Hanuman in the Ramayana, and Bhima in the Mahabharata. More about Vayu.

Myth-Folklore Video. And speaking of the wind, here's a mythology video from BBC4: The Four Winds.

H.E.A.R.T.. This is a Last Lemon graphic to inspire your reading this week: Read more, see more.

Mindset Cats. Today's growth mindset cat agrees: The higher you climb, the more you can see.

Mindset Video. For more growth mindset thoughts, here come Janelle Monae and the Muppets:

Event on Campus. There will be a "Lunch and Learn" today in Copeland 233 at 11:30AM; Creek language instructor Melanie Frye will be speaking about Language as Personal Journey:

January 22: Warwick Goble. Today marks the anniversary of the death of the book illustrator Warwick Goble in 1943; he was born in 1862, and you can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia. He is one of my favorite book illustrators; here are his llustrations for a book of Bengali folktales.

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