Friday, February 12

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 4! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available in both classes now, and Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period for the Storytelling post that was due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and if you turned something in by noon on Thursday, I will have comments back for you today. And remember: the sooner you turn something in for Week 4, the sooner you will get comments back from me next week.

Week 4 Blog Comments. The blog commenting assignment is now available, with new random groups! There is also an extra credit responding option if you want to read more posts by the people in your group.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The Earliest Ancient Texts. UR GR8 LOL! :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is FRIDAY, from the name of Frigg, the Germanic goddess of married love. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: How I Met Your Mother. In this Storybook you will meet three fathers — Shantanu, Nala, and Satyavan — and each of them is trying to explain to his sons just how they met the woman who became the boys' mother. As you can imagine, these stories are gonna be legend — ... wait for it... legend-DAIRY!

Free Book Online: The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales by Kate Wiggin and Nora Smith. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which includes so many good stories from the Nights plus illustrations by Maxfield Parrish!

India Featured Book: The Missing Queen by Samhita Arni. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics which is another fabulous book by Samhita Arni, this time retelling the Ramayana in the style of a modern thriller! And yes, Sita is the missing queen of the book's title.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don't use a sledgehammer to crack a nut (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is good practical advice when it comes to nutcrackers, and it's also a powerful metaphor.

Today's Video: King Tut. This is another one of those mash-up videos by my friend Amy Burvall: enjoy!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is reaching for success: Success is about stretching yourself. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a performance of The Trojan Women at 8PM in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 24: Vasant Panchami. The 2015 celebration of the holiday of Vasant Panchami takes place today, January 24. This is a festival in honor of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, art, and music. You can find out more about the holiday at Wikipedia, and the image below shows the goddess Saraswati:

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.