Saturday, September 20

Today is Saturday of Week 5. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you can do that this weekend.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook or Portfolio. Many of you will be deciding this weekend if you want to do a Storybook project or if you want to do the Portfolio option instead. Because this is something new this semester (it is an idea suggested by a student last spring!), I am not sure what questions you might have about that. I've tried to anticipate your questions here — Storybook or Portfolio — but if you have any other questions, let me know and I'll be sure to get back to you this weekend!

Storybook Stack. Much to my own surprise, I managed to get through the Storybook stack on Friday, so everybody who turned in a Storybook assignment last week before Friday should have gotten comments back. Thank you for all your good work on the Introductions! If you turned something in on Friday or later, I've put into the stack, and I'll update that list periodically over the weekend.

Week 5 UnTextbook Report. For those of you in the Myth-Folklore class, here is the Week 5 UnTextbook Report. Thanks as always for your feedback and suggestions!

Tech Tip: Image Collage. A lot of you will be making new websites for your Storybooks this weekend, and you might want to try making an image collage. There's a PicMonkey Tech Tip if you want to give that website a try for extra credit. Carrie made an image for her Storybook where she not only created a collage — she used some of the editing features to change the images to a sepia tone so that the images all have the same "look" to them. You can see the nice results here:

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Edit Ruthlessly. Many of you will be editing and revising your Storybook Introductions this weekend, so my advice is: edit ruthlessly!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SIREN. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Arthurian Women: Queens, Damsels, and Villainess. The stories here are told by a handmaiden in the court of Camelot, someone who sees what goes on behind the scenes and who eventually becomes embroiled in the drama herself.

FREE Kindle eBook: Santal Folk Tales by A. Campbell by A. Campbell. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which are stories of the Santal people of India. The Santals are the largest tribal community in India, living primarily in the states of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, and also in the neighboring nations of Nepal and Bangladesh.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Bacchus has drowned more people than Neptune (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The names of the gods here are metaphors: more people have been killed by alcohol than have been drowned at sea!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama, Lakshmana, and Sugriva; as you can see, Rama and Lakshmana are dressed in their forest clothing made of leaves.

Saturday Event on Campus: There are two showings of "Carrie, The Musical" at the Weitzenhoffer Theater today: a matinee at 3PM and an evening showing at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 20: Heinrich Hoffmann. Today is the anniversary of the death of Heinrich Hoffmann in 1894 (he was born in 1809). Hoffmann was a German psychiatrist who is best known today for his book Der Struwwelpeter, a collection of stories about badly behaved children, among other topics. You can read the book online in English, and for more about Der Struwwelpeter, see this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this illustration from a 1917 edition of the book:

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.