Sunday, September 21

Today is Sunday of Week 5. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Internet assignment and Storybook assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook or Portfolio. (repeat announcement) 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.

Designing Your Class Schedule. (repeat announcement) 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. The weekend is a great time to start your new schedule!

Storybook Stack. If you turned something in on Friday or this weekend, I'll be putting those assignments into the stack, and I'll update that list at least a couple of times over the weekend.

Week 5 UnTextbook Report(repeat announcement) For those of you in the Myth-Folklore class, here is the Week 5 UnTextbook Report. Thanks as always for your feedback and suggestions! I've also been adding complete notes to the upcoming reading units: Japanese Mythology, The Monkey-King, and Brer Rabbit!

Tech Tip: Image Collage(repeat announcement) A lot of you will be making new websites for your Storybooks this weekend, and you might want to try making an image collage to use on the coverpage. 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:

Learning Humor: Zombie Hierarchy of Needs. I'm sure those of you who are psychology or education majors have encountered Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and even if you don't know Maslow, you can still appreciate these zombie needs!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is THUG, which comes from Hindi thag. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tea and Fairy Tales With Miss C. In this Storybook, you are the guests of the fairies at a tea party hosted by Miss Cynthia, and with each new cup of tea there is a new fairy story to read; the tales come from all around the world, as do the fairy guests.

FREE Kindle eBook: Laos Folklore by Katherine Fleeson. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is the source for the Laos unit in the Myth-Folklore class this week.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A blunt wedge will sometimes do what a sharp axe will not (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those proverbs that is true both literally and metaphorically!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Vali and Sugriva, the two monkey brothers locked in mortal combat.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a Musical Mosaic Concert in the Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center at 3PM on Sunday, featuring all the bands and choirs of the School of Music (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 21: Milk miracle. In 1995, on September 21, there was what many people regard as a modern miracle: statues of the Hindu god Ganesha, as well as the statues of other gods and goddesses, appeared to be imbibing milk which was offered to them. You can read about the event in this Wikipedia article; the image below is from a British newspaper, the Sun, and you can find other newspaper headlines archived at the website which documents the event.

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.