Tuesday, September 20

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top. If you have not done any reading for this week yet, you need to make sure you do some reading today. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Feedback Groups! I am pleased to announce that the Feedback Groups for Week 5 are ready. Yesterday was a whirlwind; it is always the single busiest day of the semester for me, setting up all the links to everybody's projects and then setting up the Feedback groups. This week you will be reading Portfolio stories, and I hope you will enjoy it! You can see the project lists here: Myth-Folklore Projects and Indian Epics Projects.

Project Stack. Because I was so busy with administrative stuff yesterday, I did not have a lot of time for reading and replying to assignments, but I did reply to everything that had been turned in on Friday. Today I will start working on the projects turned in on Saturday. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Advice. If you were wondering about those max. word counts on the stories, here is what Dr. Seuss has to say about that: Words: So the writer who breeds more words than he needs / 
is making a chore for the reader who reads. 

Stories. Here's another wonderful Grant Snider cartoon which tries to show how stories work: The Story Coaster.

Spelling. Here's another word pair to watch out for: CLICK v. CLIQUE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Princess Peaches: The Puppy Princess. This Storybook is all about Princess Peaches, the ruler of Caninelandia, and the members of her court, such as Lord Percy Peacock, the Honorable Richard Rabbit, and Countess Ophelia Owl.

Free Book Online: Shri Rama Chandra, The Ideal King: Some Lessons from the Ramayana by Annie Besant. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents, and for more about Annie Besant, see below.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Every bird likes its own nest (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is another one of those "to each his own" type of proverbs.

Today's Video: Failing Superman. This is a very thought-provoking video about education... with superheroes!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset kitten is playing and working and growing: Growth requires hard work. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's Take Back the Night tonight at the Unity Garden, 7PM (details). You can out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 20: Annie Besant. Today marks the death of Annie Besant in 1933; she was a leader in the Indian Independence Movement, and she was also a well-known Theosophist who took a great interest in the sacred texts of India, including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. You can find out more about her life and accomplishments in Wikipedia, and I have some related links at the Indian Epics site. She is one of the most remarkable women of the 19th century in my opinion, and I've included a YouTube video below if you want to learn more. This photograph of Annie Besant was taken in the 1880s:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.