Friday, April 11

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 12! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. There are still some Storybook assignments in the stack (anything turned in on Monday or later is probably still in the stack), but I am hoping to get through everything turned in on Thursday by the end of the day today. To check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 12 Responding: Check your groups. The groups for Blog Responding are basically the same as last week, but there have been some adjustments based on the folks who are finished with the class (the blog responding will get a bit chaotic in the last weeks of the semester as people finish up, mix-and-match their points, etc). So, before you do the blog responding assignment, double-check on your group to make sure you are responding to the right people. There will be new groups next week! 

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut. Now that you have spent a few months thinking about stories, you might enjoy this exploration of the "shapes" of stories as described by Kurt Vonnegut.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is LABYRINTH, which comes from the myth of the Minotaur of Crete. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Trickster of OU. The tricksters of ancient times, like Prometheus and Loki, seem to be at work on the OU campus!

FREE Kindle eBook: Wigwam Evenings - Sioux Folk Tales by C. Eastman and E. G. Eastman. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Those of you who have read Nicholas's Storybook about Native American Heroes will recognize the story of "The Badger and the Bear," for example.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Time and tide wait for no man (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The charm of this proverb depends as much on the sound as on the sense.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Vishnu and Lakshmi, with Krishna and Radha. These are Nepali girls in festival costumes.

Friday Event on Campus: Dr. Drirgham Sbait will give a talk on "Palestinian Folk Poetry as Extemporized-Sung Rhymes" at 11:30AM in Robertson Hall 311 (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.