Friday, October 31: HALLOWEEN

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 11! 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 Stack. I've still got a lot of Storybooks in the stack, but I hope to get comments back today to anything turned in before Friday. You can check to make sure I have received your assignment here: Storybook/Portfolio stack contents.

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 Week 11 Storybook/Portfolio commenting groups are ready now too, and see below for a Halloween extra credit possibility.

Week 15 available. (repeat announcement) As you reach the end of the class, I hope you will include doing the Week 15 assignments as part of your "finishing up" plan. Like in Week 8, Week 15 is a review week with no new reading, and for the blog posts I'm looking for feedback and suggestions to improve the reading and writing activities in these classes next semester. Any ideas you have would be very welcome! So, as you get close to the end, you can do those Week 15 assignments; there's a link to the Week 15 assignments on the regular assignments page now. Thanks in advance for your input!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Map Humor: United States of Horror Movies. In this "United States of Horror Movies," Oklahoma is represented by Terror at Tenkiller.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is FRIDAY, from the name of the Germanic goddess Frigg, wife of Odin. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of the Black Cat. Two high school boys on a camping trip decide they will frighten their girlfriends with tales of a murderous black cat, but they do not reckon on the fact that the black cat is there too, listening to every story and biding his time until later that night . . .

FREE Kindle eBook: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is one of the reading options in Myth-Folklore for the British Isles module!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Never tickle a sleeping dragon (a neo-Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is the Latin motto that J.K. Rowling invented for Hogwarts: Draco dormiens numquam titillandus.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Kamdhenu, the Wish-Giving (Kama-Dhenu) cow of Hindu mythology.

Friday Event on Campus: The Day of the Dead Festival will be happening in Walker Adams Mall from 6PM - 10PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! There have been some great scary Storybooks over the years in these classes, like the Black Cat Storybook featured above. This semester there are several Storybooks in Myth-Folklore that are worth your attention on this Halloween: Horrors of the Untold Stories, Monster Hunter, Diary of the Undead, and Live On, University: University Spirit Never Dies. So, if you want to do the extra credit Internet assignment for Week 11, you will find some Halloween reading at these Storybooks!

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.