Sunday, October 25

Today is Sunday of Week 9. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also! As we get nearer to the end of the semester, doing some extra credit is a really good idea, and that way you can finish the class early.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project checklists. For each project assignment you turned in, there is a checklist to help you make sure the assignment is done. Please read the questions and check to make sure that each answer really is yes. Then, after you've sent me the checklist in the email, you can do the Declaration. Do the email first, and then do the Declaration.

Storybook Stack. I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday evening. Especially with OU email acting more weird than usual during the transition to the new Microsoft email system, you should check the stack to make sure I've received your mail.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

European Word Translator. You type a word into the "Translate it!" box, and then the translations show up on the map for the language of each country. If you're not up on your geography, you can hover over each word to see what language it is. Find out more at European Word Translator. Here is a map of the word fable:

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is THUG, from Hindi thag. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Nature Tales of the Cherokee. Victoria is a little girl who wants to hear stories about princesses. Her grandmother, though, decides to tell her the stories of her people, the Cherokee, about the world of nature.

Free Book Online: Legends of The Kaw - The Folk-Lore of the Indians of the Kansas River Valley by Carrie de Voe. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book which come from the Pawnee, Sioux, Kaw, Osage, and more.

India Comic Book: Krishna and the False Vasudeva: Pride Meets Its Doom . This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. This is a great legend about a king who pretends to be Krishna, insisting that the real Krishna is just an impostor. Needless to say, he is not able to carry on this deception for very long!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Good books are true friends (a saying of Francis Bacon). Details at the Proverb Lab. There are many books that I consider to be friends!

Today's Video: Native American Ledger Art. This is a presentation by Ramsey Weeks (Assiniboine, Lenape, and Hidatsa) of the Smithsonian.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of making mistakes: Sometimes, being wrong is the only way we can learn. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: You can audition for the Medieval Fair from 1PM to 6PM in the Union; these are improve auditions, no costume required: "Beggars, peasants, townspeople, nobles and others are needed. There is room for everyone. Auditions are just to help us figure out where your piece fits in our puzzle. This is your opportunity to learn a lot about interactive environmental performance (street theater) and a little about medieval history, costuming, dances and more. You don't have to be an actor, just willing to learn and to have fun!" (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.