Tuesday, September 27

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6, and I'm back at work! I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top, and if you have not done any reading for this week yet, make sure you do some reading today: it's Africa or Asia this week in Myth-Folklore, while those of you in Indian Epics will be finishing the Mahabharata. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 6 Project Feedback. I've set up the Project Feedback groups for Week 6, and this time you will be looking at Storybook Introductions. I hope you will have learning about people's projects and looking at the websites they are making!

Project Stack. The stack is especially gigantic right now since I spent Monday afternoon getting caught up on emails and setting up the Feedback groups, but today I'll be working on reading and replying to the Portfolios and Storybooks, starting with assignments turned in last week, and then the assignments turned in on Saturday. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. Some words of advice from the wonderful cartoonist Grant Snider: Reading is Dangerous.

Lake Monsters. And speaking of danger, watch out for the giant octopus in Lake Thunderbird. It's just one of the Lake Monsters of America.

GrammarCatz. I'm guessing some of you may have midterms this week, so... you can get some help from one of the GrammarCatz.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: The Goddess's Safe Haven. Durga is your hostess at this haven, a safe place for women to explore their lives and find inspiration for their next incarnation. Join one of the support groups and hear the stories that Draupadi, Amba, and Ahalya choose to share.

Free Book Online: The King of the Snakes and other Folklore Stories from Uganda by Rosetta Baskerville. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is just one of the many books of African folktales you can find at the Freebookapalooza!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The one who is not strong enough to lift the stone must roll it (an Estonian proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. The photo shows one of the stone dwarves of Wrocław, Poland.

Today's Video: Raccoon Dog. Some of you in Myth-Folklore will be reading stories from Japan this week featuring the raccoon dog, a.k.a. the tanuki:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows that learning takes more than just doing the minimum: Effort ignites ability and turns it into accomplishment. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a One Sooner training session in the Union Sooner Room, 6PM-8PM: It only takes one Sooner to speak out to end gender-based violence on our campus (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 27: Rosetta Stone. On this day in the year 1822, Jean-François Champollion announced that he had deciphered the Rosetta stone, a crucial step in the interpretation of the ancient Egyptian writing system which was based on hieroglyphs. You can find out more in this Wikipedia article, and below you can see a photo of the actual Rosetta Stone in the British Museum:

And here's a detailed view:

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