Tuesday, April 21

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 14, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Monday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Monday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Favorite Projects. Thanks so much to everybody who shared their favorite Storybooks and Portfolios! I compiled the projects with the most nominations to make a ballot for people to vote on: Spring 2015 Favorite Projects. This is not for a grade: it's just for fun, so that you can take a look at some great projects (maybe some you have not seen before!) and also give your fellow students some well-earned recognition. The ballot is available in the Week 14 section of D2L through Thursday at 5PM, and I'll share the results in Friday's announcements.

Week 14 and 15 Project commenting. The Project commenting assignments for both Week 14 and Week 15 are available now. There's no need to wait, so if you need those points to finish up the class, both weeks are ready to go.

Project Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Project assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Friday or Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack, and you can check here to make sure your assignment is in the stack: contents of the stack.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: The 15 Punctuation Marks. Here is a brilliant infographic on "The 15 Punctuation Marks" in order of how much they do... you won't be surprised to see that the comma is being asked to do far too much!

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

Featured Storybook: Rama vs. Sita: Love on Trial. Witnesses give evidence, and Sita speaks in her own defense: what will the citizens of Ayodhya choose as the fate of their queen?

FREE eBook: Twenty Jataka Tales by Noor Inayat. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, which are Noor Inayat's retellings of the ancient Buddhist birth stories.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A goose-quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is like "the pen is mightier than the sword," but animal-style.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Death of Bhishma. He is surrounded by Krishna and the Pandavas, resting on his bed of arrows.

Tuesday Event on Campus: The inaugural "Language Lives: Native Languages Poetry Contest" will take place from 8AM until 1PM in the Jacobson House Native Art Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 21: Founding of Rome. This day, April 21, was the festival of the Palilia in ancient Rome, and the ancient historians regarded it as the day when Romulus founded the city. You can read more at Wikipedia. The painting below shows Romulus, the first king of Rome, as imagined by the French painter Ingres:

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.