Friday, November 15

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 13! 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:

New Responding Groups. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around this week one last time before the end of the semester, so be sure to check on who is in your group! The blog responding gets really chaotic at the end of the semester since it is getting harder and harder to predict just who is participating in which assignments, but I hope everybody will have some good blog posts to read while also getting good comments on your new posts.

Week 13 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) This week you will be nominating your favorite Storybook projects in various categories, and you will also leave some thank-yous for the people whose comments were most helpful to you this semester. Then, on Monday afternoon, when everybody has  submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks. 

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in this week. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Everyone who turned in a Week 12 assignment on time should have gotten that back from me; if you turned in a late Week 12 assignment or an early assignment for Week 13, 14 or 15, I will be getting comments back to you on Friday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: 6 Things You Learned in School that Don’t Apply in the Real World. I thought you all might enjoy this very thought-provoking article about the way school and life do not always match up... and this is something especially useful for graduating seniors to ponder!

Featured Storybook: Epic Festivals of India. This lovely Storybook from last year tells the legends celebrated in the holidays of Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanti, Krishna Jayanti, and Diwali.

FREE Kindle eBook: Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You can read more about the Sioux author, Zitkala Sa, in this Wikipedia article.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Waste not, want not (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is another excellent ecological saying!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Death of Jayadratha. Arjuna, urged on by Krishna, uses the Pashupata Astra to behead Jayadratha.

Friday Event on Campus: There will be free showings of Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, in Meacham at 6PM, 9PM and midnight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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