Thursday, March 31

Today is Thursday of WEEK 10... which means it's almost Friday! Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Wednesday. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've read all the assignments turned in by Sunday at 6PM, and I'll carry on with the Sunday assignments today. Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. If you want comments back by the weekend, you need to turn your assignment 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: A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words, where you can use the details in a picture to prompt your story — and you can find more Storytelling ideas here if you want to explore other possibilities.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Characters for an Epic Tale. Tom Gauld is one of my favorite cartoonists, and this is my favorite of his cartoons! Find out more at the blog post.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is NEMESIS, the name of the Greek goddess of vengeance. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Louisiana Animal Folk Tales. It's Mardi Gras and you've arrived just in time for the party at the home of Henry the Alligator, who has plenty of stories to tell you about his animal friends like Compair Lapin the rabbit and Mr. Turkey. Let the good times roll!

Free Book Online: Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Folk Tales by C. Eastman and E. G. Eastman. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, including tales of the trickster Unktomee.

India Featured Book: Sacred Tales of India by D. N. Neogi. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. There are many fabulous stories in this book, including several goddess stories.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When one door shuts, another opens (a Scottish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. That has certainly been my experience in life! :-)

Today's Video: Asato Maa. This is another one of the Vedic chants recorded by Ravi Shankar. You can read more about this ancient mantra at Wikipediaasato mā sad gamaya, tamaso mā jyotir gamaya, mṛtyor māmṛtaṃ gamaya — from the unreal lead me to the real, from the darkness lead me to the light, from the dead lead me to the immortal.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is willing to go out on a limb: I'm confident that I can go high. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: It's free Laser Tag Night in the Union Scholars Room, 7PM - 9PM, with registration starting at 6:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 31: Charlotte Bronte. Today marks the anniversary of the death of Charlotte Bronte in the year 1855. Charlotte Bronte was one of the famous "Bronte sisters" - Charlotte is famous for having written the novel Jane Eyre, while her sister Emily is the author of Wuthering Heights. You can read more about Charlotte Bronte in this Wikipedia article, and you can read Jane Eyre online at Project Gutenberg. Meanwhile, for a modern take on the Brontes, check out the Bronte Sisters Power Dolls (fake) ad at You Tube - it's a hoot!

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.