Saturday, April 23

Today is Saturday of Week 13. I hope you are having a great weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I managed to get through all the assignments turned in by noon on Thursday! I'll be updating the stack periodically during the weekend, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Finishing up the class. After Week 13, there are just TWO more weeks of school: Week 14 and Week 15 (note also that Week 15 is on a shorter schedule because of finals, so all the Week 15 assignments are due on Friday, May 6, by noon at the latest). So, please make sure you have a plan now for finishing up the class, i.e. choosing what assignments you want to work on, deciding on how many stories you want to include in your Portfolio or Storybook, etc. If you have questions about any of that, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

A World of Languages. Here is a link to the full-sized image.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MORPHINE from the name of the Greek god of sleep, Morpheus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Blogging for Bad Guys. Even bad guys and gals — Kaikeyi, Ravana, Duryodhana and Karna — need to be part of a community, and so they use VPress to share their life's ups and downs in their blogs.

Free Book Online: Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, which include familiar ones like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, along with stories you might not know, like Donkey-Skin and Bluebeard.

India Featured Book: Ganga: The Divine Beauty. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics which tells the amazing story of Ganga's descent to earth as the river Ganges.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every day a person grows more wise (a Polish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. It's a growth mindset proverb!

Today's Video: Chad Gadya. Here's a Passover video by the amazing Nina Paley (created of "Sita Sings the Blues"); it's an embroidery animation! You can read more about this folksong at Wikipedia. The last verse has all the characters: Then came the Holy One, and smote the angel of death, who slew the slaughterer, who killed the ox, that drank the water, that extinguished the fire, that burned the stick, that beat the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the goat. 

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat recharges over the weekend. Stay creative: take a break!. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Oklahoma Baseball's "Bark in the Park" is at noon in L. Dale Mitchell Park when OU plays West Virginia (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Passover 2016. The Jewish holiday of Passover began on Friday evening, so today is the first day of Passover. You can read more about this holiday, which commemorates the exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, at Wikipedia. The image below is an illustration from the Golden Haggadah. The Haggadah, or "narration," is the special book of prayers and stories used for Passover, and this beautifully illustrated Haggadah is a 14th-century manuscript from medieval Spain:

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.