Saturday, February 7

Today is Saturday of Week 4. 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 — and if you missed them, here's a link to Friday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook or Portfolio. Many of you will be deciding this weekend if you want to do a Storybook project this semester or a Portfolio project that will contain your favorite storytelling blog posts. I hope this page will give you the information you need to make your choice: Storybook or Portfolio. If you have questions not answered there, please let me know; I'll try to check my email more often this weekend just in case you have any questions about that!

Assignment Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your Project assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. I replied to all the project assignments turned in before Friday, and on Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Friday. To get comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment today — if you wait until Sunday to do that, you'll have a longer wait for comments back from me.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Yes, it really is Star Wars, and it really is Shakespearean too! I listened to all three of these wonderful books as audiobooks, with actors reading the roles who sounded exactly like the original actors. You can listen to samples of the audio at; and here are the book covers:

Here's an excerpt:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MUSEUM, the home of the Muses. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Vintner's Tale: How Chaucer Ruined The Canterbury Tales. The vintner is not someone that Chaucer included in his version of the Canterbury Tales . . . but if you want to find out what really happened on that pilgrimage, you need to read the vintner's tale!

FREE eBook: Folk-Tales of the Khasis by K. U. Rafy. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. It is the source for the Khasi folktale unit in the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A lion may be beholden to a mouse (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The story is inspired by the Aesop's fable about the lion and the mouse.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Wedding of Rama and Sita. The illustration is from Nine Ideal Indian Women, which includes a chapter about Sita.

Saturday Event near Campus: Dr. Nyla Ali Khan will be giving a talk at 7PM about India and Pakistan at the West Wind Unitarian Church, 1309 West Boyd (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.