Wednesday, December 2

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 14. 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. There are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack; if you turned something before Sunday, you should have comments back from me already, and I'm still working on the projects turned in on Sunday. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Favorite Projects. (repeat announcement) Thanks so much to everybody who shared their favorite Storybooks and Portfolios! I compiled the projects with the most nominations to make a ballot for people to vote on: Fall 2015 Favorite Projects. This is not for a grade: it's just for fun, so that you can take a look at some great projects (maybe some you have not seen before!) and also give your fellow students some well-earned recognition.

Week 14 and 15 Project commenting. (repeat announcement) The Project commenting assignments for BOTH Week 14 AND Week 15 are available now. There's no need to wait, so if you need those points to finish up the class, both weeks are ready to go!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Phonetic Etymology. Alas, English words do not always mean what they sound like they mean! More by John Atkinson at his Wrong Hands blog.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MARTIAL, from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Italian Fairy Tales. In this Storybook, Marco — an Italian living in the United States — chooses his favorite Italian fairy tales to tell to his little daughter, hoping to share with her the enchanted stories he heard when he was a little boy in Italy.

Free Book Online: Literary Fables by Tomás de Iriarte, translated from the Spanish by George Devereux. This blog post provides additional information about the Iriarte's fables. If you are a fan of Aesop, you might want to read these famous Spanish fables! If you read Spanish, you can find the original poetry at Spanish Wikisource.

India Comic Book: Shiva Parvati: A Story of Divine Love. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. It tells the story of how Shiva's first consort Sati was reborn as Parvati and again won his love.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Better to go around the manure than to move it (a Polish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is very good practical advice... with a wide range of metaphorical applications!

Today's Video: Poornamadah from Ravi Shankar's Chants of India. You can find out more about the Om Purnamadah Shantih mantra at the Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat advises you to: Find your own path! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a Hornsemble and Brass Chamber Ensemble performance at 8PM in Sharp Concert Hall — free admission! (details) Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 2: Odetta. Today marks the anniversary of the death in 2008 of the American singer and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes; she was born in 1930. Her folk music influenced Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Martin Luther King called her "the queen of American folk music." You can find out more about her remarkable life and career at Wikipedia. Here she is on the Johnny Cash show in 1969:

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.