Friday, September 26

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 6! 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

Week 8 Review. For those of you who are working ahead, Week 8 is a review week, and the M-T-W-Th assignments for Week 8 are not ready yet, but they will be ready next Friday, October 3. If you have finished the reading and blogging for Week 7 already, just keep on going: you can move on to Week 9 reading assignments now! That's the Native American reading in Myth-Folklore, and Narayan's Mahabharata in Indian Epics.

Blog Responding. The blog responding assignment is ready to go — and be sure to scroll down for the Storytelling post to find Week 6! Some people are working ahead, and now there are also people creating Portfolios, so their Portfolio Storytelling may be at the top of page. So, just scroll down to find the Week 6 post when you respond to their blog. There is also the usual extra credit responding option again this week; you will find details about that in the regular responding assignment.

Storybook Stack
. If you turned something in before Monday at 10AM, you should have comments back from me. By the end of the day today I should be able to finish replying to Storybooks that came in later during the week, before Friday. You can check the contents of the stack here. If you turn something in on Friday, I may be able to get to that before the weekend; if not, then it will be at the top of the stack for Monday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Interview with a Semicolon. This very creative interview is about one of my own favorite marks of punctuation: the semicolon.

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

Featured Storybook: Marvelous Mermaid Tales. Charley Greene loved the sound of the waves and the feel of the sand between her toes — but she never expected to meet a mermaid as she walked along the beach. The mermaid invites Charley to journey with her beneath the waves. What would you do?

FREE Kindle eBook: Japanese Fairy Stories by William E. Griffis. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which contains some familiar stories from the Japanese fairytale tradition, like The Two Frogs, and also from mythology, like The Tide-Jewels.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails (a German proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Move with the wind that you have!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Hanuman in Lanka. You can see that he has disguised himself as a cat!

Friday Event on Campus: It's "Farsi Friday" again! You can drop in at 230 Kaufman Hall from 2PM to 3PM, drink tea, and learn about Persian culture. 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, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.