Thursday, April 17

Today is Thursday of WEEK 13. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit. Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now and points recorded in the Gradebook. If you turned something in later on Sunday or during the week, it is probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. A lot of people are working ahead now to finish up the class, and I am doing my best to keep up; if you want comments on a Storybook assignment before the weekend, make sure to turn your assignment in today.

Week 13 Internet assignment available now. (repeat announcement) The Week 13 Internet assignment is available now, and for that you will be nominating your favorite Storybook projects in various categories, and you will also leave some thank-yous for the people whose comments were most helpful to you this semester. Then, on Monday afternoon next week, after everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Less versus Fewer. It's a medieval grammar meme! :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MERCURIAL, from the name of the Roman god Mercury (Hermes). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Peter Pan: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. In Alyssa's Storybook from this semester, you get to meet Peter Pan, a deathless boy who is a puzzle to Death himself.

FREE Kindle eBook: Algonquin Legends of New England by Charles Godfrey Leland. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You will find many stories of Glooskap here, the transformational culture hero of the Abenaki people.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A goose-quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a fun variation of "the pen is mightier than the sword," but with animal metaphors.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna and Bhishma in one of the most dramatic confrontations of the great war.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a free screening of the film "Before the Revolution," the story of Israelis living in Iran, in George Lynn Cross Hall 123 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. Here is the film trailer at YouTube:

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