Friday, October 16

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 8! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's assignment, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available now too.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still making my way through the stack of assignments: if you turned in your Storybook on Sunday, you should have gotten comments back from me already. My goal for today is to return comments for everything that was turned in during the week before Friday, but the stack is still huge, so I might have to finish up on Saturday morning this week (that usually happens once or twice each semester... but maybe I can manage to finish on Friday: fingers crossed). You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment! If something comes in today, it will go to the top of the stack for Monday.

Week 8 Blog Comments. The blog commenting assignment is now available, with new random groups! You'll be commenting on people's Reflections post, and there's an extra credit option if you want to comment on some stories too.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Keyboard Drama. Imagine your keyboard... as a story!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is FRIDAY, from the name of the Germanic goddess of married love, Frigg, wife of Odin. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of Gothic Creatures. This Storybook begins with stories around the campfire, but the campers begin to disappear, one by one . . . until a horrifying revelation in the final story.

Free Book Online: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This blog post provides additional information about the book, which is the first of a whole series of books about the adventures of Tarzan, free to read online.

India Featured Book: Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It is the story of the Mahabharata as told in first-person by Draupadi, and it is available in the Library as a print book, an ebook, and also as an audiobook — with an especially wonderful reader for the audiobook. Plus, for even more fun, the author is very active at Twitter, and you can follow her there: @cdivakaruni.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is While the cat’s away, the mice will play (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I really like rhyming proverbs, so this one is a personal favorite.

Today's Video: How to Use a Semicolon. There really are all kinds of videos at TED... even videos on punctuation! This one is done in the style of an arcade game

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready to go, and offers this advice: Enjoy the ride! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Effie Bennett-Powe is an 82-year-old African-American woman and early childhood educator with roots in Rentie Settlement, Oklahoma. She will be giving a talk at 2PM in the Gaylord Auditorium, Room 1140: "Leaving a Legacy: My Journey from Rentie Settlement, Oklahoma" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 16: Oscar Wilde. Today marks the birthday in the year 1854 of the great Irish writer, Oscar Wilde. You can read more about Oscar Wilde's life and career as a writer in this detailed Wikipedia article. Wilde is probably most famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his play The Importance of Being Earnest — and also for his conviction in 1895 of "gross indecency" (homosexuality). He spent two years in jail as a result, and he died three years after his release from prison, penniless and in self-imposed exile. My favorite works by Oscar Wilde are his fairy tales, which you can read online at SurLaLune. The image below is an illustration by Jessie King for Wilde's fairy tale entitled The Fisherman and His Soul:

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.