Thursday, January 28

Today is Thursday of WEEK 2. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've been doing a good job so far of keeping up with the Project assignments as they get turned in; you can always check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Blog Commenting. After everybody has had a chance to publish their storytelling blog post today, I'll be able to set up the blog commenting groups for Week 2, so that assignment will be ready on Friday. Meanwhile, if your personal schedule has you doing the blog comments for Week 2 today, you can always do the extra blog commenting assignment. It's available all week long; no waiting!

Storytelling Style: Facebook. As I mentioned yesterday, I'll be sharing a storytelling style option each week on Wednesday and on Thursday (which is the biggest day for storytelling blog posts). Here's a big list of Storytelling Ideas; the one I wanted to feature today is a Facebook style that Susanna used in her Ramayana story — more about Fake Facebook Style here, and this is one of the items you can find in her story:

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Map of the Internet. You can read an account by the artist Jay Simons about how he created the map, and you can also see different versions of the map here: Map of the Internet.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is PUNCH, which comes from the Sanskrit pancha meaning "five." Punch was traditionally made with five ingredients. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Elephants of Indian Epics. Singh's two sons Deepak and Tupac are in need of some life lessons, and they are even blessed with a dream vision of Ganesha to help focus their attention on the elephant stories that their father will tell them.

Free Book Online: Historic Tales - Roman by Charles Morris. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which includes stories from Roman legend, like Lucretia and Cincinnatus, and it also includes historical figures like Julius Caesar, Antony, and Cleopatra.

India Featured Book: Dasharatha: The Story of Rama's Father. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics, which tells a story in comic-book form that everybody in Indian Epics now knows from the opening part of the Ramayana.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts (a Latin saying from Ovid). Details at the Proverb Lab. Some of you in Myth-Folklore may have been reading Ovid this week: he is the source of this saying!

Today's Video: What Gods Wear Before They Ride. This is a brilliant PSA from India urging people to wear their helmets when riding bikes or cycles: "Even those who protect you protect their heads." For details about the gods Vishnu, Durga, and Ganesha, see the blog post.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is highly motivated: I drive my own learning. Details at the blog.

Event (near) Campus: Benjamin Myers, Oklahoma's 2015-2016 Poet Laureate, will read selections of his own work at 7PM in Norman’s Mainsite Gallery (122 E. Main St.). You can find out more at this article in the OU Daily, and you can read an interview with Myers in World Literature Today.

January 28: William Butler Yeats. Today, January 28, marks the anniversary of the death of the great Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, who died on this day in the year 1939. You can read more about Yeats' life and career in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows Yeats' gravestone in a cemetery in Drumcliff, County Sligo, Ireland; the simple inscription - "Cast a cold Eye / On Life, on Death. / Horsemen pass by!" - was what Yeats himself asked to have carved on the stone.

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.