Friday, January 31

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 3! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not complete any of the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 3 Responding. For the Read and Respond assignment, you should be looking for the Week 3 essay and story - so, if someone is working ahead, that means you will need to scroll down to find the Week 3 posts. For information about what to do if someone does not have the posts you are looking for, see the instructions at the assignment. Plus, there is another extra credit responding option this week, too! You'll find that information at the bottom of the regular assignment.

Storybook Stack. On Friday, I hope to be able to finish reading and responding to every Storybook assignment turned in before Friday at 8AM (contents of the stack). I don't do any grading over the weekend, which means that if you turn something in after 8AM on Friday, it will go into the stack. If you want  comments back next week sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday night to turn in your assignment! The sooner you turn in the assignment (on Saturday or on Sunday afternoon), the sooner you will get comments back.

Suggestion Box: You may have already noticed the anonymous Suggestion Box which appears in the blog sidebar here. Please feel free to use that to share with me your comments and suggestions about the class!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Stories and Storyteller. A lot you will be pondering storytelling styles this weekend, so I wanted to make sure to share this page about using a storyteller (or storytellers) in your Storybook project — and also in stories you are blogging each week for class!

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are ROLL and ROLE. They may be pronounced the same, but their spelling is different — and so is their meaning! For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Legends of Fire. Deep in the woods is a tavern, and sitting around a table in that tavern are four wild-looking men: dragon-hunters! Listen to the stories of what happened when they confronted mighty dragons all over the world, from Scotland to Turkey to India.

FREE Kindle eBook: Saints and Friendly Beasts by Abbie Farwell Brown. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You probably have heard of Saint Francis of Assisi, but there are many saints in here who would probably be new to you, like Saint Werburgh or Saint Gudwall.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When knowledge is hidden away, it rots; when it is shared publicly, it grows (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The Latin rhymes: Condita TABESCIT, vulgata scientia CRESCIT.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama's army. You can see the monkeys there, and also Jambavan, the king of the bears. Here is a detailed view.

Friday Event on Campus: The movie Captain Phillips will be showing at 7PM and at 10PM in Meacham (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 31: Year of the Horse. Today is Chinese New Year, beginning the Year of the Horse. Here is a holiday greeting from StoryNory:

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