Sunday, February 28

Today is Sunday of Week 6. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also. There are lots to choose from; I especially recommend the "Review/Backup" option (backing up your project work is always a good idea).

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 6 Project. By now everybody is on their own schedule (doing Storybook or Portfolio, adding or revising, etc.), so if you have not turned in your Week 6 Project assignment yet, make sure you check the D2L Gradebook "Project Progress" item to see what you have due today, and if you have any questions about that, just let me know. I'll update the Project Stack periodically, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Blog Comments AND Project Feedback. (repeat announcement) Both the Week 6 blog commenting and Week 6 project feedback assignments are ready to go! The assignments are somewhat similar, but they are also different, so make sure you read the instructions for the Project feedback carefully, and if you have any questions, let me know. For the rest of the semester, you will have these same two assignments each week: blog comments and project feedback, with new random groups each time. I hope that eventually you'll get to meet everyone in class one way or another!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

CREATIVITY. This wonderful graphic might "free your mind" so that you can indeed connect the dots in new ways — in your own creative ways — when you write. :-)

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are WAIST and WASTE. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tokyo Underworld. Orimi works for the Urban Legend Department of the Tokyo police force, and she has a gruesome murder to solve. You'll have to pay close attention while she interrogates Teke-Teke, Tanuki, Kuchisake-Onna, Jinmenken, and The Professor if you want to find the murderer!

Free Book Online: A Chinese Wonder Book by Norman Hinsdale Pitman. This blog post provides additional information about the Chinese fairy tales you will find in this book.

India Featured Book: Gandhari: A Mother Blinded by Love. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It is the story of Duryodhana's mother.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Dawn does not come twice to wake us (a South African proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Admittedly, I don't get up at dawn... but it's still a good proverb! :-)

Today's Video: Prabhujee. For more about Ravi Shankar and Sri Anandamayi Ma, plus lyrics, see the YouTube page.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of a little hard work: Creativity is the result of hard work. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The Bizzell Writing Center Location (Lower Level 1, Collaborative Learning Center) is open from 5PM to 9PM on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesdays — it's a great resource to use for this class! (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 28: John Tenniel
. Today, February 28, marks the birthday in the year 1820 of the great English illustrator, John Tenniel, who is most famous for his illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. You can read about Tenniel's life and career in this Wikipedia article. Here is one of those famous illustrations: A Mad Tea-Party.

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.