Saturday, September 19

Today is Saturday of Week 4. I hope you are having a nice weekend — and this is a big weekend for many of you since you will be deciding what kind of project you want to do for the class this semester! See details below.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook or Portfolio. There are two types of projects for this class: a Storybook or a Portfolio. I hope this page will give you the information you need to make your choice: Storybook or Portfolio. If you have questions not answered there, please let me know; I'll try to check my email more often this weekend just in case you have any questions about that. If you choose the Storybook option, you'll be creating your website this weekend for the Week 4 Project assignment; if you choose the Portfolio, you will choose your first story to put in the Portfolio and set that up in your blog.

Assignment Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your Project assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. I replied to all the project assignments turned in before Friday, and on Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Friday. To get comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment today — if you wait until Sunday to do that, you'll have a longer wait for comments back from me.

Growth Mindset. My participation at the blogs is very random, but I had time on Friday to read and respond to some of the growth mindsets; they were so much fun to read! Thank you to those of you who have been trying the growth mindset challenges, and maybe some more of you will want to do that this weekend. Those growth mindset challenges can really go in any direction you want... it all depends on what skills you want to grow.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Seven Steps to the Perfect Story. Find out more at the full-sized version.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is VOLCANO from the name of the Roman god, Vulcan (Greek Hephaistos). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Asuras Anonymous. Sit in on this group session to hear about the profound changes in the lives of Viradha, Maricha, and the father-daughter pair of Vibhishana and Trijata.

Free Book Online: The Cat and the Mouse: A Book of Persian Fairy Tales by Hartwell James. This blog post provides additional information about the book; one of the stories, as you can see from the illustration, is about a cat and a mouse.

India Comic Book: Drona: Valiant Archer, Supreme Teacher. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. Just as Vishvamitra was Rama's teacher in the Ramayana, Drona will be the teacher of the heroes of the Mahabharata.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don't use a sledgehammer to crack a nut (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. That's what nutcrackers are for!

Today's Video: Ardhanari's Secret. This is another one of the videos based on the work of the mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows that it can be helpful to look in a book. Details at the blog. I thought this might be a good cat to share for those of you who are researching Storybook sources this weekend.

Event on Campus: The Fred Jones Art Museum is open on Saturdays from 10AM - 5PM, and there is always something great to see there; you can see the current exhibitions at their website, including "Enter the Matrix: Indigenous Printmakers," where you will find Benjamin Harjo's Singing for the Rain.

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate. Today, September 19, is International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day, a holiday you can read about at Wikipedia and at the Talk-Like-a-Pirate website. If you need help talking like a pirate, there are some good tips at the Yarr website, and there are also pirate-name generators and translators. Below is an image of Mark Summers ("Cap'n Slappy") and John Baur ("Ol' Chumbucket"), founders of Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day.

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.