Friday, February 26

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 6! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available in both classes now, and Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you didn't finish your Storytelling post yet.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I should be able to get through the rest of the stack today, so if you turned in an assignment before noon on Thursday, I should get comments back to you today (although it may be late; this was a really busy week!). You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Blog Responding. The blog responding assignment is ready to go! The Project Feedback groups are available now too. You'll see that the assignments are very similar, but also a little bit different. I hope you will enjoy having these two different ways to interact with other people in class for the rest of the semester! Each class has about 40 people in it, so you will probably cross paths with every person in the class as the weeks go by. :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Your Own Story. This great quote from the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe is very good advice for this class: "If you don't like someone's story, write your own." :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TITANIC, from the name of the gigantic Greek gods called Titans. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Living in the Past: Tales of Ancient Vietnam. Vinh, a Vietnamese-American teenager, vacationing with his parents in Vietnam, finds himself pulled into a mysterious fantasy world where he meets four powerful dragons and a beautiful young woman named Sen.

Free Book Online: Myths and Legends of China by E.T.C. Werner. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. I used this book for the "Monkey-King" unit in the UnTextbook, and there are other wonderful myths and legends that you will find in this book.

India Featured Book: The Pandava Princes: Pandu's Five Brave Sons. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It is an account of the young Pandavas, leading up to Yudhishthira's installation as emperor in Indraprastha.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If a string has one end, then it has another end (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Which means: there's always more than one way to untangle a knot!

Today's Video: Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology. This is a talk by Devdutt Pattanaik that is about mythological animals, so it might be of interest to both classes. And, yes, we do have his book Pashu in Bizzell Library!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is looking ahead: The hand you're dealt is just the starting point. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a free screening of Spotlight at 8:30PM in 1140 Gaylord (details). If you haven't seen this movie, I would really urge you to go see it! I would vote it as the best movie I saw last year.

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.