Wednesday, April 13

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

Class Procedures and Reminders

My Schedule. I've got a medical appointment this morning, but I should be able to be at work in the afternoon. So, if you send me an email in the morning, I won't be as quick to respond as usual, but I'll be able to get back to you by the end of the day.

Project Stack. Yesterday, I worked through the projects turned in by 2PM on Sunday, and I'll keep working on the Sunday projects today based on the order that they were turned in. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment!

Storytelling Style. It's Wednesday, so I'm sharing another possible storytelling style if you're looking for a new idea: try a Rap Battle like in this Epic Rap Battle: Zeus v. Thor (click the link to hear the actual rap battle) — and you can find more Storytelling ideas if you want to explore more possibilities.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Thesaurus Club. I never use a thesaurus... but I thought this graphic was seriously funny.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is NARCISSICIST, which is from the Greek name Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Thin Line Between Tragedy and Comedy. In this "choose-your-own-adventure" Storybook, you get to decide the fates of Romeo and Juliet. Can they escape the doom that Shakespeare imagined for them? And will that simply lead to another tragic ending, or perhaps to a happily-ever-after ending worthy of comedy?

Free Book Online: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood written AND illustrated by Howard Pyle. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which has  all the most famous Robin Hood legends.

India Featured Book: Savitri: The Perfect Wife. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics which tells the story of the undying love of Savitri for her husband Satyavan.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Each man is the forger of his fate (a Polish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The choices are... yours!

Today's Video: Divine Beings. I thought you might enjoy this promotional video for one of the Amar Chitra Katha comic books. The comic book is available for check-out in Bizzell.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for a challenge: Difficult is not impossible. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a lecture by Lani Watson (of the University of Edinburgh) at 6:30PM in Dale Hall Tower 607: "Why We Should Educate for Questioning" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 13: Alfred Mosher Butts. On this day in 1899 Alfred Mosher Butts was born, the man who invented Scrabble in 1938. So, if you have ever enjoyed a good game of Scrabble, think a happy thought for Mr. Butts today. You can read more about Mr. Butts at Wikipedia. I think I'd like to get one of these giant outdoor Scrabble games: doesn't that look like fun?

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.