Thursday, February 25

Today is Thursday of WEEK 6. 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. I've read and replied to the project assignments turned in on Sunday afternoon by 5PM. If you turned in something 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. I hope to finish the rest of the assignments turned in on Sunday today.

Storytelling Style. It's Thursday, so I'm sharing another bit of storytelling advice. This time it is not a style but a strategy: learn to use both dialogue tags and action beats. You can find out more in these helpful articles about tags and beats — and you can find more Storytelling ideas if you want to explore more storytelling options for your story this week!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Little Known Punctuation Marks. One of the problems with punctuation is that we don't have different marks for all the things we want to do... so here are some more marks to use:

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is PUNDIT, from the Sanskrit "pandita," which means a scholar or learned person. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Karma's Courthouse. Gods and humans alike come before the judgment of Karma in an eerie, otherworldly courtroom. What judgment will Karma pass on Rama, Sita, Maya, and Indra? Are any of the defendants strong enough to challenge Karma's ruling?

Free Book Online: Japanese and Chinese Historical Tales by Charles Morris. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which presents history in the form of exciting stories.

India Featured Book: The Pandavas in Hiding: Outwitting a Wily Enemy. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It focuses on the year of exile in which the Pandavas live in disguise at King Virata's court.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If the string is long, the kite will fly high (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those proverbs that is true literally and also metaphorically.

Today's Video: Brené Brown on Empathy. You may have seen this video already as part of the Learn by H.E.A.R.T. website empathy page!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat keeps on learning: What can I learn next? Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a day of presentations as part of the Galileo's World Symposium at the Sam Noble Museum, with a talk by Nick Wilding at 11AM about "Forging the Moon" (details). All the events will be live-streamed, and you can tweet your questions with the #GWSymposium hashtag.

February 25: George Harrison. Today marks the birthday of George Harrison in 1943; he died in 2001. You can read about his life and career in this Wikipedia article, and the YouTube video below is a recording of George Harrison performing "Om Hare Om: Gopala Krishna." Today is my birthday too, and when I was growing up I always felt special because I shared my birthday with one of the Beatles. :-)

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.