Friday, April 29

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 14! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available in both classes now (it's a little different this week, as you'll see), 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. I hope to get through all the assignments turned in before Thursday noon by the end of the day today! You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Finishing the class. (repeat announcement) So many people are finishing up the class now, which is great: there is only one more week to go! As soon as you have the points you need for the grade you want (410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C), just let me know and I will mark the final grade for you in D2L so you will know that you are all done. If you have questions about any of that, please ask.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

You Can Change the World. I want to live a life based on the full text, not just half of it! :-)

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

Featured Storybook: Sigurd the Sailor. Instead of a faithful steed, this Sigurd rides a magical ship, sailing forth to do battle with sea-dragons as he seeks adventures worthy of a hero of the Volsungs.

Free Book Online: East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon by Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen. This blog post provides additional information about the folktales in this book. One you might know is the Three Billy Goats Gruff!

India Featured Book: Pradyumna: Son of Krishna. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. This is such a great adventure; it is one of my favorites among the comic books.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The one who is not strong enough to lift the stone must roll it (an Estonian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The sculpture is one of the dwarves of Wrocław in Poland.

Today's Video: Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun. This charming video from NPR features a fun song about the people whose names became nouns: sandwiches, leotards, shrapnel, and more!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is looking ahead: Think about where you'd like to go. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: It's free pizza for the India Students Association Bowling Night at Sooner Lanes starting at 7:30 PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Ancient Roman Floralia. We are in the midst of the ancient Roman festival called Floralia, which lasts from April 27 through May 3. Flora was a goddess in ancient Rome, and she presided over flowers and all blossoming plants. You can read more about the Floralia here, and you can see the goddess in Botticelli's painting Primavera (Spring); the smiling goddess Flora is the one all covered with flowers (detail view):

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.