Thursday, April 7

Today is Thursday of WEEK 11. 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. Yesterday I got through the projects turned in on Sunday before 10PM, so today I'll finish the Sunday projects and start on the projects turned in during the week. 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, you could try a Cumulative Tale (like "The House That Jack Built") — and you can find more ideas here: Storytelling ideas.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Shakespeare's Tragedies. What a fun inforgraphic! Find out more at Caitlin Griffin's site.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is BUDDHA, which is from the Sanskrit word meaning "awakened," either literally awakened (as from sleep) or awakened to a higher consciousness. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Robin of Sherwood: Sherwood's Side of the Story. Not only is the Major Oak of Sherwood Forest your surprising storyteller for this Storybook, you will also be amazed at the role the trees themselves played in the traditional Robin Hood legends, a secret which the Major Oak himself reveals to you in his versions of the stories.

Free Book Online: The Tale of Beowulf translated by William Morris and A. J. Wyatt. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are many translations of Beowulf into modern English; I used the Riggs translation in the UnTextbook unit, but if you are into Beowulf, you might enjoy looking at this one too!

India Featured Book: Sati and Shiva: Perfection Rewarded. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics which tells the dramatic story of Shiva's first great love: Sati, daughter of Daksha.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The proof of the pudding is in the eating (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true for puddings and for other kinds of creations as well!

Today's Video: Babies in Medieval Paintings. This video is very funny, but it is also very informative too!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready to go on a journey of change: Enjoy the ride! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The Native Crossroads Film Festival begins today and continues on both Friday and Saturday, with great events happening every day at Sam Noble (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 7: Ravi Shankar. Today is the birthday of the amazing Indian musician, Ravi Shankar, one of the modern masters of the sitar. He was born in 1920, and he died in 2012. You can read about Ravi Shankar's life and career at his official website and in this Wikipedia article, which is the source for this photo of Ravi Shankar with George Harrison of the Beatles, back in 1967. You can also find some great Ravi Shankar videos at - such as this wonderful video of Shankar's appearance on the Dick Cavett show. He left us with much beautiful music!

Announcements Update: I was delighted when I got up this morning to discover that today's Google Doodle is in honor of Ravi Shankar's birthday!

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.