Wednesday, March 5

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 8. If you have not turned in your Week 7 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. There are still quite a few Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in by 2PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 8 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) The Week 8 Internet assignment is available now, and there is also an extra credit option this week too (there will be this same extra credit during Weeks 8-12) — and you can visit Storybooks from the other class if you want for the extra credit! I'm hoping you might be curious to see what the students in the other class are up to; there are so many great projects in both classes. You'll find the instructions, including the extra credit, here: Internet assignment page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Faux Social Media. There are all kinds of tools like this Fake Twitter Generator that allow you to create faux tweets, faux Facebook status updates, and on and on. For a wonderful example of using social media to tell a story, take a look at Chelsea's account of Surpanakha, Rama and Sita, told with faux social media:

Writing Help: For all your writing, it's good to know how to do a spellcheck and a wordcount. This page can help: Word Counter, Spellchecker, and Plain Text Box.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is Wednesday, which is named for the Germanic god Woden, a.k.a. Odin. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of the Black Cat. Two high school boys on a camping trip decide they will frighten their girlfriends with tales of a murderous black cat, but they do not reckon on the fact that the black cat is there too, listening to every story and biding his time until later that night . . .

FREE Kindle eBook: South African Folk-Lore Tales by Sanni Metelerkamp. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There is a glossary in the front of the book to help you understand some of the words from Afrikaans used in the stories.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Look before you leap (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those age-old proverbs that is still very well known today... and it gives some good advice!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Sita, Rama, and Lakshmana during the time of their forest exile.

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be a Star Party at 7PM on the roof of the Asp Avenue Observatory (as there is every Wednesday night when OU is in session); check the Star Party website to confirm the event 3 hours before it starts in case of cancellations due to weather or cloud cover.

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