Friday, October 25

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 10! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Friday drop deadline. (repeat announcement) Today, Friday, October 25, is the last day to drop the class with an automatic grade of W on your transcript. For more details, see the Wednesday announcements. 

NEW RESPONDING GROUPS. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around this week, so you should find some new people to read and respond to when you do the blog responding assignment for Week 10. If somehow I've accidentally left anybody off the list, please let me know. This is done completely at random, so you may be with someone you have been in a group with before, or you may have all new people - that is the magic of randomness! 

Week 10 Internet assignment: Extra credit option. The Week 10 Internet assignment is available now! In addition to the usual assignment of reading three Storybooks and commenting on them, there is an additional "extra credit" option where you can read three more Storybooks and comment on them for an additional 6 points. I hope you will have fun with this extra credit option - it is another chance to visit the Storybooks from the other class! 

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. I've replied to all the Storybooks turned in on Sunday, but the ones that came in during the grace period or later might still be in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack here. A lot of people are working ahead now and trying to finish up, though, so I might not get back to everybody until Saturday morning, but hopefully I can finish on Friday!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Suggestion Box. You might have noticed the link in the right-hand sidebar of these announcements to the anonymous Suggestion Box. This is a way for you to share feedback with me about the class - what's going well, what I could improve, etc. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can offer!

Featured Storybook: Spooky Storytime: Ancient Tales of Japan. Today begins the one-week countdown to Halloween... with a new spooky Storybook for each day of the countdown, starting with Garrett's Japanese ghost stories. Enjoy!

FREE Kindle eBook: The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which contains famous stories such as "Jack and the Beanstalk," along with many stories I am sure will be new to you!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Weeds spring up where we do not sow them (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. Consider it garden karma!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Fall of Bhishma. Unlike other depictions of the Battle of Kurukshetra, this painting dispenses with the chariots and masses of soldiers and instead just focuses on the individual drama of the duel between Arjuna and Bhishma.

Friday Event on Campus: Come see Despicable Me 2 in Meacham Auditorium at 6PM, 9PM or midnight (details). You can find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 25: Picasso. Today, October 25, marks the birthday in 1881 of the artist Pablo Picasso, who died in 1973. You can read about his life and career in this Wikipedia article. In addition to being a painter, Picasso was also a sculptor; the image below shows a sculpture called "Head of a Woman," cast by Picasso, which is on the Princeton University campus:

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