Friday, February 19

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 5! 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. I've replied to all the assignments turned in on Sunday, and today I'll work through the rest of the stack, up to anything turned in on Thursday. I'll try to get to anything turned in on Friday, but that will probably go in the stack for Monday. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. It is really exciting to see all the Projects that people have created this semester!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Practice Your Writing. A quote from Sol Stein: "Ballet dancers practice technique. Pianists wear down their black and white keys with hours of daily practice. Actors rehearse and rehearse again... By practice one learns to use what one has understood. Only writers, it seems, expect to achieve some level of mastery without practice."

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is SHAMPOO, from Hindi champo. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: A Journal of Three Voyages to Utopia. In this Renaissance adventure, our bold travelers visits the land of Cockaigne, the lost city of Langarrow (now lost), and finally the remotest Utopia of all: Shangri-La in China.

Free Book Online: Folktales of the Khasis by K. U. Rafy. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which contains some wonderful stories from the Khasi people of Meghalaya, India and Bangladesh.

India Featured Book: Bheeshma: Selflessness Personified. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It's all about the hero Bhishma, beginning with his birth as the son of the goddess Ganga.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Man is more fragile than a flower, and yet harder than a stone (a Kashmiri proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb is from Kashmir, but it holds ture wherever in the world you find flowers and stones.

Today's Video: Jaya - An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata. This is a video preview for Devdutt Pattanaik's version of the Mahabharata, which some of you in Indian Epics may want to read in the second half of the semester.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is learning from others: Let another's success inspire you. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be free showings of The Good Dinosaur in Meacham at 6PM, 9PM, and midnight (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.