Sunday, November 8

Today is Sunday of Week 11. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also. If you can get ahead now, you might be able to finish by Thanksgiving!

Class Procedures and Reminders

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, turn in your assignment on Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon; don't wait until Sunday evening.

Project Declarations. Thanks to everybody for the good job you did with the Project Declaration emails last week; it saved me a lot of time to know that the projects in the stack were all ready to go: much appreciated!

Extra credit options. The extra credit blog and project comments options will be coming to an end soon: this week (Week 11) and next week (Week 12) are the last weeks when those extra credit options are available. So, if you are making up for missing work earlier in the semester and need lots of extra credit now, make sure to do those while you have the chance.

Finishing the class. (repeat announcement) As soon as you have the points you need for the grade you want in the class, you are done. There is one student done in each class now! Finishing this class early is a really great strategy in terms of getting ready for final exams and other end-of-semester work in your other classes.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Scripturient. Here's a word to expand your vocabulary:

scripturient (adj.): having a consuming passion to write

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SATURNINE, from the name of the Roman god Saturn (Greek Cronus). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Celtic Creature Criminal Court: Fairy Vice. Even mischief-making fairies have rules that must be obeyed, and in this Storybook you will read about those fairy tale criminals who have broken the laws of fairyland. What will the courts decree as punishment for wicked fairies such as Willowflitter, Grumgottels, Rainwasp, and Moonsplatter?

Free Book Online: The Tale of Beowulf translated by William Morris and A. J. Wyatt. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is yet another version of Beowulf for your reading pleasure!

India Featured Book: Seven Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art. This blog post provides additional information about this VIDEO option for Indian Epics, with all the videos available at YouTube. There are two weeks' worth of videos, covering Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, Devi, and Ganesha. I've written up reading guides to the first week's worth of videos, and I'll have the reading guides for the second week ready soon!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is There’s a many a slip between cup and lip (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This applies to life's desirable drinks, both literal and metaphorical.

Today's Video: Are Emoticons the Future of Language?. This video offers some thoughts about emoticons by Ben Zimmer, a linguist and one of my favorite language commentators.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is confident: Difficult is not impossible. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a performance of Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo" (the story of Orpheus and Eurydice) at 3PM in Sharp Concert Hall (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.