Friday, April 4

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 11! 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. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in this week. If you turned something in before 11AM on Monday, you should have comments back now. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. I hope to get through the stack on Friday, but if you turned in a late Week 10 assignment or an early assignment for a future week, I might not have comments back to you until Saturday morning.

Mix and match points. (repeat announcement) Now that there are fewer than five weeks remaining (rest of Week 11, plus Weeks 12-13-14-15), you might want to plan to do some "mix and match" in terms of just which assignments you want to complete this semester to get the points you need for the grade you want to get. So, based on the assignments you enjoy most/least in the class, you can certainly skip some assignments, provided that you end up with the points you need at the end. My only recommendation is that you do this cautiously. You don't want to skip so many assignments that you end up not getting the points you need for your desired grade.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Design Ideas: Modern Renaissance Superhero Designs. Just as you can adapt old stories in new ways, you can also adapt images in new ways, and these "altered art" images of superheroes are really marvelous! For example, below is a re-vision of William-Adolphe Bouguereau's The Bather, but with Wonder Woman instead. Beautiful!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SUGAR, which comes to English from Sanskrit via Arabic. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Misunderstood Women of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. In this Storybook from last year, four female characters from the epics - Taraka, Surpanakha, Kaikeyi, and Amba - have come together for a therapy session. Can these misunderstood characters, two she-demons and two women, find understanding by sharing their stories with one another?

FREE Kindle eBook: Mahabharata translated by K.M. Ganguli. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is a free, multivolume edition of the Mahabharata - the whole thing!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is An untouched drum does not speak (a Liberian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. So, play that drum - literal or metaphorical!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Drupada's Court, with the Pandavas there visiting him!

Friday Event on Campus: The "Eve of Nations" will take place from 7PM - 10PM at Lloyd Noble Center: food, music, and dancing! (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.