Saturday, April 4

Today is Saturday of Week 11. 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 11, there are just FOUR more weeks of school: Weeks 12-13-14-15. It's a good idea to make 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:

Writing Humor: Emoji Novels. In this fun quiz from Slate magazine online, some famous first lines of novels have been rendered as emojis, and it is your job to figure out what they say:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TANTALIZE from the name of the mythological Tantalus, King of Phrygia, and his infamous punishment in the afterlife. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Novel Nursery Rhymes. You may know the words to these familiar old nursery rhymes... but do you know the stories behind them? The old rhymes told in new ways are full of surprises!

FREE eBook: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. This blog post provides additional information about where you can find the book online. Here you can read about Alice's encounters with Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, and other famous Looking-Glass characters.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A thousand probabilities do not make one truth (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those proverbs that is worth pondering in depth!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Game of Dice. As you can see, Yudhishthira has lost, and the Kauravas have summoned Draupadi to the assembly as their prize.

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be a performance by the Oklahoma Festival Ballet at 8PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 4 2015: Hanuman Jayanti. Today is the Hindu festival of Hanuman Jayanti, which commemorates the birth of the monkey god Hanuman. You can find out more about Hanuman at Wikipedia. The image below is a greeting card for Hanuman Jayanti, showing Hanuman as he carries the Medicine Hill: Happy Hanuman's Birthday!

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.