Wednesday, March 25

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 10. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Tuesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. As usual after Spring Break, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something before 6PM on Wednesday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later during the Break, it is probably still in the stack waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Finishing up the class: Storybooks(repeat announcement) There is no specific requirement about the number of stories in a finished Storybook or Portfolio. Based on your strategy for winding up the class, you can finish your Storybook with just three stories or even just two stories if you want — it is up to you, and the same with the Portfolio. So, especially if you have been working ahead and/or doing extra credit, you might want to come up with your plan for finishing up the class, based on what assignments you like best. There is more information about grading and finishing the class here. If you have any questions about that, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Resource: The Great Language Game. I know some of you are also keen students of foreign languages, so here's a fun game to play: listen to the audio, and see if you can identity the language being spoken!

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are DEFIANTLY and DEFINITELY. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: I Was a Teenage Mythological Creature. On this reality TV show, there are five contestants — Charlie the Unicorn, Ashley the Harpy, Serena the Siren, Milo the Minotaur, and Jack the Chimera — and you can read all the behind-the-scenes gossip in their not-so-private diaries.

FREE eBook: The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Like all of Lang's "fairy books," this book contains stories from around the world!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Look before you leap (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb that is still alive and well, still being widely used!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Krishna and the Pandavas. Bhima, as you can see, is much larger than his brothers!

Wednesday Event on Campus: The College of International Studies presents a lecture — "Voices of the Voiceless, Refugees from Around the World" — at 12:30PM in Hester Hall Room 145 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 25: Tolkien Reading Day. This Tolkien celebration has been organized by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Society also promotes the distribution of Tolkien's books to libraries all around the world:

A friend of mine, Mark Walker, translated Tolkien's Hobbit into Latin: Hobbitus Ille; here is one of the Latin posters I made to celebrate his book:

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.