Sunday, February 1

Today is Sunday of Week 3. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Project commenting and the Project assignment (Storybook styles), are all due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time! And if you missed them, here's a link to yesterday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Assignment Stack. 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 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. If you want comments back sooner rather than later, turn your assignment in on Sunday morning or afternoon. If you wait until Sunday evening, it will be farther down in the stack and you'll have to wait longer to get comments back.

Pinterest. I hope some of you have tried using Pinterest. It can be really useful as you zoom in on your Storybook topic! The visual cues you get from Pinterest make it different from other bookmarking tools, and it's especially useful for bookmarking Wikipedia articles and other webpages with illustrations. I've updated the class Pinterest Directory to highlight the Boards of people who have been doing Pinterest extra credit; you might get some good ideas from looking at the pints at other people's Boards.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Grammar Rock. You can find all the old Grammar Rock videos at YouTube; Conjunction Junction is my favorite! I watched all of these when I was a little kid... clearly, they had a big impact! :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is APHRODISIAC, from the name of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Thin Line Between Tragedy and Comedy. In this "choose-your-own-adventure" Storybook, you get to decide the fates of Romeo and Juliet. Can they escape the doom that Shakespeare imagined for them? And will that simply lead to another tragic ending, or perhaps to a happily-ever-after ending worthy of comedy?

FREE eBook: Legends of the Egyptian Gods by E. A. Wallis Budge. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book; you will find stories about Ra, Isis, Osiris, and Horus here.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Beware the tiger who offers you a golden bracelet (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This saying is from a story in the Sanskrit Hitopadesha.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Sita's Test by Fire. Rama is amazed to see Sita protected by the god of fire, Agni.

Sunday Event on Campus: The School of Music presents Low Strings Attached: a free Gala Concert, 1PM-3PM, in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 1: Langston Hughes. Today, February 1, marks the birthday of the African-American poet, Langston Hughes, who was born in 1902. He was one of the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, and you can read about his remarkable life and career in this Wikipedia article.

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.