Saturday, March 8

Today is Saturday of Week 8. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you need to do that today or tomorrow, Sunday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend. If you want comments back on your Storybook assignment sooner rather than later, turn your work in today or on Sunday morning; don't wait until Sunday evening!

Scheduling: For those of you who are consistently finishing your work during the grace periods after the deadlines, I would urge you to try to rein in your schedule and work ahead of the deadlines. That way, the grace period will be available for real emergencies. If you treat the grace period as your deadline, that means you won't have room to maneuver if a real emergency does come up. You might find it helpful to review this advice about Creating Your Own Class Schedule as you gear up for the second half of the semester!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Wordy Verb Phrases. One of the "short-and-sweet" revising and editing strategies is to replace wordy phrases (look for forms of "be" or "have") with more vivid verbs. It's a good way to improve your writing and to reduce your word count.

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is pajamas, a word that comes to English via Urdu from Persian. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Ganges River. In Pooja's Indian Epics Storybook for this semester, you can read stories of the goddess Ganga as told by a frog and a river-dolphin who live right there in the Ganges.

FREE Kindle eBook: Moon Lore by Timothy Harley. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You can find moon stories from all around the world in this book!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Big oaks from little acorns grow (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of my favorite proverbs; we have lots of oaks in the woods on our land!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama's coronation after he returns from exile. Even the god Ganesha is in attendance!

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be free showings of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug at 8PM and 11:15PM in Meacham (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.