Sunday, November 29

Today is Sunday of Week 13. I hope everybody had a good holiday break! If you didn't finish Week 13 before going on break, make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also just to get closer to finishing the class!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 13 Feedback: Favorite Projects. The feedback project for Week 13 is something new: instead of leaving comments for people, you'll be nominating your favorite projects. I hope you will enjoy this chance to look through the Portfolios and Storybooks to see which ones are your top favorites.

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. If you turned something in before last Sunday, it is probably still in the stack, and on Monday I'll begin working through the assignments in the order they were turned in.

Week 14 Reading. Week 14 is the last week of reading for class! For those of you who want to get a head start on next week, you can do the reading today. In Myth-Folklore, it's another week of European options, and for Indian Epics, I've made a list of one-week online options that might be of interest!

Announcements in D2L. (repeat announcement) Blogger made a change recently that allows me to display the announcements inside D2L. I hope this will make it easier for everybody to keep up with the announcements — and don't forget: there's a Review extra credit option which gives you a chance to review the past week's announcements too!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Edit Ruthlessly. If you have learned this semester how to edit down your writing, you have learned a very valuable skill!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TITANIC, from the name of the massive Greek gods known as Titans. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Rumpelstiltskin Show. Rapunzel and her girlfriends have gotten together to watch the Brothers Grimm get skewered on the Rumpelstiltskin Show. It's payback time for the long-suffering characters of the stories told by the Brothers Grimm!

Free Book Online: Old French Fairy Tales by Sophie Ségur. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book and their author, Sophie Rostopchine, Countess of Ségur.

India Featured Book: The Mahabharata by Sister Nivedita. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It's an excellent one-week take on the Mahabharata, with some wonderful illustrations by Abanindro Nath Tagore.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is He that hunts two hares will catch neither (a French proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. It's a warning about the dangers of multitasking!

Today's Video: Do Schools Kill Creativity?. It's hard to believe this talk by Ken Robinson is almost 10 years old... and it's still as powerful as ever!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not sure what to do next... so: Keep calm and read it again! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a Sunday matinee performance of The Nutcracker at 3PM in the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts at 1809 Stubbeman Ave (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 29: C. S. Lewis. Today marks the birthday in the year 1898 of the famous author and scholar, C. S. Lewis. Lewis is probably best known today for his series of Narnia books. You can read more about Lewis's life and career in this Wikipedia article, and there is also a biographical film about his later life which is very much worth watching: Shadowlands. The image below shows the first-edition covers of the Narnia books. I like these books very much; my personal favorite is The Magician's Nephew!

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.