Friday, September 19

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 5! The blog commenting assignment is available now, and Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. As often happens this week (Week 5 is one of the busiest weeks for me every semester), I am not sure if I will get through the whole stack on Friday. I will get all the Week 4 Introduction assignments back to you on Friday for sure; if you have turned in an early Week 5 or Week 6 assignment, I will try to get that back to you on Friday and, if not on Friday, on Saturday morning! Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. (Anything that comes in on Friday itself will go to the top of the stack for Monday.)

Designing Your Class Schedule. (repeat announcement) Thanks to a question from someone in Myth-Folklore, I've drawn up some sample class schedules that show exactly how you can arrange this class like a M-W-F class OR like a T-Th class OR a weekend class. There are other possibilities, too, of course — the options are really unlimited. As I've mentioned before, I would encourage everyone to come up with their own schedule since it's unlikely that the daily deadlines are going to align with your existing commitments. Hopefully these examples will give you some specific ideas about how to do that, and the weekend is a great time to get ahead and then start on your new schedule.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: The Evolution of the Alphabet. This fascinating animated graphic depicts the evolution of the alphabet, and you can find out more at Wikipedia: The Alphabet.

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are THRONE and THROWN. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Fairy Tale World. Cinderella, Snow White and other fairytale heroines are kidnapped by modern-day TV show producers who compel them to participate in a reality TV show: The Fairy Tale World — but the heroines just want to go home!

FREE Kindle eBook: Filipino Popular Tales by Dean Fansler. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the book which is the basis for the Filipino story unit coming up in Myth-Folklore next week.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Good books are true friends (a saying by Francis Bacon). Details at the Proverb Lab. You can read more about Francis Bacon, philosopher and scientist, at Wikipedia.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is the mighty bird Jatayu, shown here with Rama and Lakshmana.

Friday Event on Campus: You can see "Carrie, The Musical" at the Weitzenhoffer Theater, 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate. Today, September 19, is International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day, a holiday you can read about at Wikipedia and at theTalk-Like-a-Pirate website. If you need help talking like a pirate, there are some good tips at the Yarr website. There is a translation tool you can use if you want some extra help. Below is an image of Mark Summers ("Cap'n Slappy") and John Baur ("Ol' Chumbucket"), founders of Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.