Thursday, April 14

Today is Thursday of WEEK 12. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Wednesday (or if you forgot to do the Declaration). Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I got through the projects turned in on Sunday before 6PM, and I'll be able to finish the Sunday assignments today for sure, and then I'll start on the Monday ones. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Storytelling Style. It's Thursday, so I'm sharing another possible storytelling style if you're looking for a new idea: Stories for Children — and you can find more Storytelling ideas if you want to explore more possibilities.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Inflated v. Concise. Especially if you are reading a lot of academic writing (which is often very inflated!), you might be using these wordy phrases without even realizing it.

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are PEDAL and PETAL. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Ravana Diaries. For many years, an archaeologist has been excavating ancient sites on the island of Lanka, seeking to learn more about Ravana, King of the Rakshasas. Finally one day he discovers just what he has always hoped to find: Ravana's own diary.

Free Book Online: Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry edited by William Butler Yeats. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is a wonderful anthology of Irish folktales that Yeats collected from many different sources.

India Featured Book: Krishna Krishna by Indira Parthasarathy. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics; if you want to learn more about Krishna, this is a perfect book to choose, and it's available for checkout in Bizzell. It would make a great two weeks of reading to finish the semester!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The early bird catches the worm (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb that is still going strong even today!

Today's Video: The Art of Playing Tabla. There are TED talks all over the world, and this is a TED talk that took place at the University of Manchester in England.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is also a drummer: Use your brain: drum! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Come to the Union Courtyard at 8PM for the MELOBREEZE concert... melodies with a subtle breeze (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.