Thursday, February 18

Today is Thursday of WEEK 5. 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. If you turned something in by 9PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned it in later on Sunday or during the week, it is probably still in the stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. If you want comments back from me by the weekend, get your assignment turned in by noon today.

Storytelling Style. It's Thursday, so I'm sharing another possible storytelling style if you're looking for a new idea: Public Service Announcement — you can write the script for a PSA! For a great example, see this new ad from India that uses the gods to promote helmet safety, and you can find more Storytelling ideas if you want to explore other possibilities.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Write Music. You are probably aware of paragraphs, but what about sentences? Varying your sentence length is just as important as being aware of paragraphs:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MERCURIAL, from the name of the Roman god Mercury (Greek Hermes). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Indian Horror Story: Tales of the Lingering Souls. This haunted house was owned by a mysterious man named Yash, whose eerie portrait has presided over a series of grisly deaths that echo the episodes of the ancient epics.

Free Book Online: Twenty-Two Goblins by Arthur Ryder. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which is a wonderful English translation of the Sanskrit classic Vetālapañcaviṃśati.

India Featured Book: Abhimanyu: Star-Crossed Prince. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. Abhimanyu is another of my favorite characters from the Mahabharata; he is the valiant son of the hero Arjuna.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Be encouraged, O pilgrim, though your destination is far off (a Kashmiri proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The image shows a pilgrim on Mount Kailash.

Today's Video: Svara Mantra. This is another one of the recordings by Ravi Shankar, and unlike the other recordings on this album, it is an instrumental mantra without words.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is learning! Stretch yourself to learn something new. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: As part of the AFAM Black Film Festival, there will be a screen of Eyes on the Prize at 5:30-8:00PM in Gaylord Auditorium 1140 (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.