Friday, March 27

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 10! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work. The blog commenting assignment for this week is available now — and if you missed them, here's a link to Thursday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project StackI've still got a lot of projects in the stack, but by the end of the day on Friday I hope to get comments back to anything turned in before Friday, although if you turned in something late you may need to wait until Saturday morning (there were a lot of new stories that came in this week, but I am hoping I can finish on Friday). You can check to make sure I have received your assignment here: 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 following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing 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 ZEN, which comes to English from Sanskrit dhyana, via Chinese chan. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Live On, University Legends. After you read this Storybook, you will never think about Walker Tower or the Cate Center in the same way again.

FREE eBook: The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is one of the highlights of American 19th-century literature.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The one who is not strong enough to lift the stone must roll it (an Estonian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The sculpture shows one of the famous dwarves of Wrocław in Poland.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Bhishma Falls, slain in the great battle of Kurukshetra.

Friday Event on Campus: There will be a celebration of all things Tolkien with free Hobbit-inspired food and activities and then a showing of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at 9 PM (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.