Friday, October 2

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 6! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period for Myth-Folklore if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available for both classes now!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog Responding. The blog responding assignment is ready to go — and be sure to scroll down for the Storytelling post to find Week 6! Some people are working ahead, and now there are also people creating Portfolios, so their Portfolio Storytelling may be at the top of page. So, just scroll down to find the Week 6 post when you respond to their blog. There is also the usual extra credit responding option again — this week it is a "Famous Last Words" option; you will find details about that in the regular responding assignment.

Storybook Stack
. Since I was out of the office for much of Thursday, I still have a huge stack of assignments today, but people have been doing such a good job with their projects that I am optimistic I will get through everything today — although I may still be doing some work this evening (and if I don't finish up today, I'll do that on Saturday morning). Meanwhile, you can check the contents of the stack here. If you turn something in on Friday, I may be able to get to that before the weekend; if not, then it will be at the top of the stack for Monday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Neil Gaiman. I found this wonderful graphic poster of a Neil Gaiman quote making the rounds on social media: A world in which there are monsters, and ghosts, and things that want to steal your heart is a world in which there are angels, and dreams, and a world in which there is hope.

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

Featured Storybook: Ancient Chinese Fairy Tales. You probably know many fairy tales from different European countries, but what about China? This Storybook contains three distinctively Chinese fairy tales, full of magic, adventures, and many surprises.

Free Book Online: Historical Tales - Japanese and Chinese by Charles Morris. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book including both legendary heroes like Yamato and also historical figures like Confucius.

India Comic Book: Draupadi: The Dusky Firebrand. This blog post provides additional information about this comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. It is all about Draupadi, the heroine of the Mahabharata.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If the string is long, the kite will fly high (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. If you have ever flown a kite, you know it's true... and it has great metaphorical power also!

Today's Video: Chinese Dynasties. This is another historical video by my friend Amy Burvall, this time inspired by Madonna's Vogue.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is looking back over the week's successes, while pondering the future: Review your work. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: As part of the CAC Film Series, there will be a free showing of Inside Out in Meacham Auditorium at 6PM, 9PM, and midnight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.