Friday, September 13

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 4. The Read and Respond assignment (new groups this week) is available now. Please make sure you get started on the end-of-week assignments soon; they are due today or over the weekend.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

New Blog Groups. This week I did a reshuffling of the blog groups. The groups are random, but you should have at least one new person in your group and hopefully there will be two new people. There is also a "Getting to Know You" extra credit option so you can read the Introductions and another previous blog post for the new people in your groups. You'll see the instructions for that included in the regular assignment.

Proofreading. As you turn in the Introduction this weekend, along with your future stories, make sure you that you proofread your writing carefully and that you use standard English punctuation. Especially for those of you who had trouble with the proofreading practice back in Week 1, it is essential that you review any problem areas before you write your Storybook Introduction this weekend. So, please take a look back at that email from Week 1 and see what writing topics you need to review first. If you did not save the email, let me know and I will be glad to send it to you again

Storybook Stack. On Friday morning, I still had quite a few Storybooks left in the stack. I will make sure to reply to every Storybook assignment in the stack that gets turned in before 8AM on Friday (contents of the stack). If you want to get comments sooner, turn in your assignment earlier - the large majority of people turn in their assignments on Sunday, and it sometimes takes me all week to all of those. So, to get comments back sooner, turn your assignment in on Friday or Saturday, rather than waiting until Sunday or Monday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut. This infographic provides a visual overview of some basic story types as described by Kurt Vonnegut.

Featured Storybook: Ancient Chinese Fairy Tales. If you have never read a Chinese fairy tale before, you can find three lovely stories here!

FREE Kindle eBook: Tales of Troy and Greece by Andrew Lang. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the book, which features the stories of Ulysses (Odysseus), Jason, Theseus, and Perseus.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every hour has its end (wise words from Sir Walter Scott). Details at the Proverb Lab. Likewise, every week has its Friday!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows the Marriage of Rama and Sita. Rama is the blue one! His three brothers are also getting married at the same time; they are the other men in the central panel.

KGOU OneSix8 Events. Check out Kate's latest KGOU blog post for area events, including King Lear, the final production of Shakespeare-in-the-Park for this season, with performances in Myriad Botanical Gardens through September 28, including today, Friday, at 8PM and Saturday at 8PM.

Friday Event on Campus: From 6PM-8PM on the East Lawn of the Union there will be a tie-dye event where you can dye shirts and pillowcases, with free food and free white shirts, first-come first-served. (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Friday the 13th. Yes, today is Friday the 13th... and you can find out all you want to know about this anti-holiday in the Wikipedia article on the subject. It's not a very old superstition, but it certainly is a very well-known one! For you Latinists out there, today is also the Ides of September.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.