Wednesday, April 6

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 11. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday (or if you just forgot to do the Declaration). Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Yesterday I read and replied to assignments turned in by 6PM on Sunday, so today I'll move on to the assignments turned in on Sunday evening. 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: Rhyme, which is both fun and also memorable, especially with all the rhymes possible in the English language — and you can find more Storytelling ideas here if you want to explore other possibilities.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Be Scripturient! scripturient (adj.): having a consuming passion to write.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is JOVIAL, from Jove (a.k.a. Jupiter), the Roman name for the god whom the Greeks called Zeus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Brothers of Rama. King Janaka is understandably curious about this man Rama who seeks his daughter's hand in marriage. To find out more about Rama, the king sends Guru Shandu, a great sage of supernatural powers, on a secret mission to learn more about Rama and his brothers.

Free Book Online: Welsh Fairy Tales by William E. Griffis. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are two Welsh units in the UnTextbook, but the Welsh storytelling tradition is wide-ranging indeed, and you will find many more Welsh stories if you want to learn more!

India Featured Book: Garuda: Vishnu's Divine Mount. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics; it is about the great bird-god named Garuda, the vehicle of the god Vishnu.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don't set the cat to watch the cream pot (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is like not setting the fox to guard the henhouse... but with a cat instead!

Today's Video: King Arthur ("Nature Boy" by Eden Ahbez). This is another one of Amy Burvall's mash-up videos; be sure to turn on the captions to get all the lyrics.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is growing her intelligence: Use your brain - explore!. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Today is the first day of the Puterbaugh Festival honoring Alain Mabanckou with an opening night reception in Beaird Lounge from 6:30PM - 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 6: Gustave Moreau. Today, April 6, marks the birthday of the great French painter, Gustave Moreau, in the year 1826. He is famous for his paintings on subjects taken from classical mythology, and you can read about his life and works in this Wikipedia article. One of his most famous paintings shows Oedipus and the Sphinx:

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.