Saturday, April 11

Today is Saturday of Week 12. 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

Project Stack. I managed to get through all the assignments turned in before Friday! If you turned something in on Friday, it will be at the top of the stack on Monday. You can check the contents of the stack here, and I'll update the listing at least once or twice over the weekend.

Finishing up the class. After Week 12, there are just THREE more weeks of school: Weeks 13-14-15. Please make sure you have a plan now for finishing up the class, i.e. choosing what assignments you want to work on, deciding on how many stories you want to include in your Portfolio or Storybook, etc. If you have questions about any of that, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Resource: History of the English Language. From the Open University, here is a great video about the history of the English language - funny and informative! Here is link to the video at YouTube.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is JOVIAL, from Jove (Jupiter), the Roman name for the god called Zeus by the Greeks. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Sweet Dreams are Made of These: Karma Bedtime Stories. Four brothers and sisters each get their own special Ramayana bedtime story.

FREE eBook: Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Laura Valentine. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book which includes one of my personal favorites: the tale of The Seven Sleepers.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The fruit must have a stem before it grows (a Liberian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true for fruit, both literal and metaphorical!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Yudhishthira , eldest of the Pandavas, as depicted in Wayang Golek Purwa shadow puppet theater.

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be a performance of traditional Creek Hymn Singing at 6PM in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Passover 2015. The Jewish holiday of Passover ends at sunset today, Saturday. You can read more about this holiday, which commemorates the exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, at Wikipedia. The image below is an illustration from the Golden Haggadah. The Haggadah, or "narration," is the special book of prayers and stories used for Passover, and this beautifully illustrated Haggadah is a 14th-century manuscript from medieval Spain:

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.