Wednesday, April 22

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 14. 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

Project Stack. There are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack, but if you turned something before 9PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or during the week, 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.

Favorite Projects. (repeat announcements) 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 today and also tomorrow, Thursday, until 5PM; then I'll share the results in Friday's announcements.

Week 14 and 15 Project commenting(repeat announcements) 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.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Resource: Linguistic Family Tree. This lovely language tree is by Minna Sundberg:

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SUGAR, which comes to English via Arabic and Sanskrit. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Rakshasa Stone Magazine: The Best Demon Music Reviews. Read detailed reviews of all the songs on the latest albums from Ravana and the Rakshasas, Kumbhakarna, Vibhishana, and even the new album from Hidimbi's Son, a.k.a. Ghatotkacha.

FREE eBook: The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan by William B. Laughead. This blog post provides additional information about where you can find this book online.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The roughest stone becomes smooth when it is much rolled (a Swiss proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. So just be patient, and let time take care of the rough edges of things!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Vyasa and Janamejaya. King Janamejaya is on the left, wearing a crown.

Wednesday Event on Campus: The TEACH OUt ON RACE will be taking place on Wednesday morning through lunch at the Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center, and you can also follow long at the Twitter Tagboard too; that's how I will be joining in (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.