Friday, October 17

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 9! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available now. And if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Thursday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook/Portfolio StackI've still got a lot of Storybooks in the stack, but by the end of the day on Friday I hope to get comments back to anything turned in before Friday! You can check to make sure I have received your assignment here: Storybook stack contents of the stack.

Blog Responding. The blog responding groups are ready to go! If you don't have a Storytelling post, you are not in a group, and that means you have free choice for the blog responding: you can choose two people at random from any of the groups, or you can check in with someone you've met in the course whose name you see there. It's your choice!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Myth Resource: What Makes a Hero?. You can find out more about this TED Talk here at the TEDEd website: What Makes a Hero?  Matthew Winkler.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SERENDIPITY, from "Serendip," an old name for Sri Lanka. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Mean Girls Morals. Cady Heron has learned a lot from her experience with The Plastics, and she sees a strong connection between the "Mean Girls" and the lessons taught in Aesop's fables. Whether you are a fan or Aesop or of "Mean Girls" or both, you will have fun with this one!

FREE Kindle eBook: Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the other book that I used for the Sioux unit in Myth-Folklore!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Bees gather honey from every flower (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb in praise of variety: all the flowers have something to offer the busy bee!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna at Draupadi's Swayamvara. This is a 19th-century painting from Calcutta, India. You can see Arjuna shooting at the fish target.

Friday Event on Campus: There will be a round-table discussion on "Remaking the Arab World" at 12PM in the Rhyme Room of Zarrow Hall with Barak Barfi, Rami Khouri, and Joshua Landis (details). 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.