Friday, September 25

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 5: the semester is one-third over! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period for Myth-Folklore if you did not finish Thursday's work for that class (essay or reading), and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available for both classes now too!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still making my way through the stack of assignments: if you turned in your project on Sunday, you should have gotten comments back from me already. Anything turning in on Monday or later is probably still in the stack, but my goal for today is to return comments for everything that was turned in before Friday. You can check the stack to make sure I have received your assignment, and if something comes in today, it will go to the top of the stack for Monday.

Week 5 Blog Comments. The blog commenting assignment is now available, with new random groups! There is also an extra credit responding option if you want to re-connect with people you have met in the past few weeks of class.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Documenting for Learning. As you can guess from the emphasis on blogging and curation in this class, I am a big believer in "documenting for learning" as an all-purpose strategy, so I really liked this graphic by Silvia Tolisano from her Langwitches blog. For me, a blog means I can remember things later by looking back in the blog. If I did not have things written down, I would not be able to remember them even the next day sometimes! You can see what you think of that when we get to the end of the semester and you look back at all the stories you read in this class: I'm guessing you will see things you wrote down in your blogs that you would not have remembered otherwise!

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

Featured Storybook: Karma's Courthouse. Gods and humans alike come before the judgment of Karma in an eerie, otherworldly courtroom. What judgment will Karma pass on Rama, Sita, Maya, and Indra? Are any of the defendants strong enough to challenge Karma's ruling?

Free Book Online: Twenty-Two Goblins by Arthur Ryder. This blog post provides additional information about today's book: it is a classic of Sanskrit literature brought to life in a delightful English translation by Arthur Ryder.

India Comic Book: Pareekshit: Son of Abhimanyu. This blog post provides a detailed Reading Guide for this story which explains the origins of the Mahabharata itself when Janamejaya learns about his ancestors: his father was Parikshit, Parikshit's father was Abhimanyu, and Abhimanyu's father was Arjuna, hero of the Mahabharata.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Be encouraged, O pilgrim, though your destination is far off (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a saying of the Kashmiri people.

Today's Video: Chaiyya Chaiyya Mash-Up. As you already know, I'm a fan of mash-up storytelling styles, and I'm a fan of music mash-ups too, like this great blending of the hit song Chaiyya Chaiyya from the film Dil Se with Michael's Jackson's Don't Stop... and yes, that's Shankar Tucker with his clarinet! If you want to hear the original Chaiyya Chaiyya, I've included that video in the blog post.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready to go on a learning journey: The more you learn, the more places you'll go. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: This afternoon is the opening forum and reception for Galileo's World at the National Weather Center, with a keynote presentation by NASA astronaut Lee Morin; events begin at 1PM, with a reception following at 5PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 25: Bill of Rights. Today marks the date in 1789 when Congress proposed the Bill of Rights, i.e. the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (they were finally ratified in 1791). How many of the amendments can you name? You can read more about the Bill of Rights in this Wikipedia article, with a specific list of the amendments here; Wikipedia is also the source for this photograph of the original Bill of Rights:

Note: You can page back through the 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.