Saturday, November 14

Today is Saturday of Week 12. I hope you are having a nice weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I don't update the Project 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! If you turn in your Storybook today or on Sunday morning, you will get comments back much sooner than if you wait until Sunday evening.

Finishing the semester. (repeat announcement) Now that there are just a few weeks of the semester left, you need to make sure you have a plan for finishing up with the points you need for the grade you want (410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C). You can use the D2L Gradebook to see what points you could use to reach your goal, and if you have any questions about that, please ask me now. As soon as you reach your goal, let me know, and I will record the final grade in D2L for you!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Maps of American English. What do you say: crayfish, crawfish, or crawdad? Here's that map:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is ECHOa word which comes from the name of a Greek nymph who had the misfortune to be in love with Narcissus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Maggie's Heptameron. The Heptameron of Margaret, Queen of Navarre, is a classic of French literature. In this Storybook, you will discover that the Heptameron is inspired by events that Margaret witnessed while spying on members of the royal family.

Free Book Online: The Story of the Champions of the Round Table written and illustrated by Howard Pyle. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the same Howard Pyle who wrote and illustrated yesterday's Robin Hood book!

India Featured Book: Offering: The Story Of Ekalavya And Dronacharya. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It is a graphic novel on reserve in Bizzell, and it covers one of the most controversial episode of the Mahabharata: the story of Ekalavya, the Nishada archer.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The horse thinks one thing, the man who saddles him another (a saying by Cervantes). Details at the Proverb Lab. The Spanish goes: Uno piensa el bayo, otro quien le ensilla.

Today's Video: Baawariya. This beautiful performance by Nirali and Kartik features the wonderful clarinetist Shankar Tucker, and the song is about the love of Shiva and Sati.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows one good way to learn and grow: Play with many different toys. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The India Student Association presents Diwali Night with a show and then dinner; doors open at 6PM at the Reynolds Art Center (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.