Wednesday, November 18

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If you turned something in before 3PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or during the week, it is probably still in the stack; you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

My Schedule. I'll be out of town Thursday-Monday with only limited email access (and perhaps not any email access at all). So, if you have questions of any kind, please get in touch with me today! For more information about my schedule and the week off for Thanksgiving in this class, see Monday's announcements.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

History of the English Language. From Sabio Lantz comes this nice chart showing some important features of the History of the English Language. Find out more at this full-sized version.

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

Featured Storybook: Justice al Dante. Dante as district attorney, Vergil as the judge... and a brand-new intern who is here to witness the parade of the wrong-doers on trial in the afterlife.

Free Book Online: The Russian Garland by Robert Steele. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which contains some famous Russian fairy tales.

India Comic Book: Garuda: Vishnu's Divine Mount. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. This one is the story of Garuda and the theft of the heavenly amrita, the elixir of immortality.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Follow the river and you will reach the sea. (a French proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Here is the French: Suivez la rivière et vous gagnerez la mer.

Today's Video: Word Crimes. Weird Al is not much of a linguist, but he knows how to make a video! Some of the grammatical terminology here is not correct, but hey, it all rhymes!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has some dance moves: Having to take a step backward is not a disaster; it's a cha-cha. Details at the blog.

And . . . it's WAFFLES FOR WRITERS. On the third Wednesday of each month you can enjoy waffles and work on your writing at the Writing Center from 9AM to 11AM in Wagner 280. Find out more at the Writing Center website.

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.