Friday, April 15

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 12! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available in both classes now, and Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period for the Storytelling post that was due on Thursday. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Because I was out of the office Wednesday, I'm running a bit behind on the stack... but I'm still hoping I can finish the stack today. So, if you turned something in before noon on Thursday, I should get comments back to you today (although it might be late today!). You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Blog Responding. The blog responding groups are ready to go, and even if you did not do a storytelling post yourself, you are still in a blog group and I hope you will want to read and comment. There's also an extra credit option for more blog comments, and this is the last week for blog extra credit, so if you want/need those points, definitely do the extra comments this week!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Advice from Dr. Seuss: So the writer who breeds more words than he needs / is making a chore for the reader who reads.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is CEREAL, from the name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres (called Demeter by the Greeks). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Into the Skye. The traditional fairy tales and supernatural creatures comes to life when Maisie MacLeod goes to live with her grandmother on the island of Skye.

Free Book Online: Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit. This blog post provides additional information about this book of Shakespeare tales; you'll find all the famous plays here!

India Featured Book: Parashurama: Sixth Incarnation of Vishnu. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It's about one of Vishnu's most complex avatars: the brahmin warrior Parashurama who appears in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience (the words are from Ralph Waldo Emerson). Details at the Proverb Lab. Patience, unfortunately, is not one of my virtues... but I'm working on it!

Today's Video: Maati Baani: Baawariya. The song is about the love of Shiva and Sati; you can read more at the YouTube page.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat wants to keep on learning: The best projects are open-ended. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be an all-day conference in the Dick Bell Courtroom of the College of Law: "The Indigenous Peoples, Law, and Power Symposium: The Indian Child Welfare Act" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 15: Ramanavami. Today is the Hindu holiday of Ramanavami, or Ram Navami, which marks the birthday of Rama, an avatar of the god Vishnu, a character who is very familiar to everyone in the Indian Epics class! You can read more about this holiday at Susanna's Storybook: Rama Navami. Here is a Ram Navmi greeting card showing Rama, his wife Sita, his brother Lakshmana, and the monkey-god Hanuman kneeling:

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.