Tuesday, September 6

Welcome back! :-) Today is Tuesday of WEEK 3, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top. Because of the Labor Day holiday yesterday, both the Monday and Tuesday Reading items are available today. Here is a link to this week's assignments.
Update: I've replied to all the Projects turned in on Saturday. Tomorrow (Wednesday) I'll start work on the Sunday ones. See the stack for more details.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 3 Reading. Because of the Monday holiday, both the Monday and Tuesday Reading assignments are available in Canvas today. If you have time to do both, that's great! If you only have time to do one reading, that's okay too: as long as you read one Part of your chosen unit and write up your Notes, you'll be ready to write your Story this week. (If you do just one part of the reading now, you can do the other part later this week as an "extra" option.)

Reading Notes. If you find yourself writing long summaries in your notes, take a minute to review the Reading Notes Tips. As you do the reading from start to finish, you don't need to summarize it all. Instead, focus your notes on the specific items that really interest you, zooming in on what you might use for your own story. Think like a writer as you read, looking for the stuff that really inspires you.

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. As you can see, the stack is huge; it usually takes me until Friday to get to everyone. I'll start today with the assignments turned in on Saturday, and I'll update the announcements each day to let you know how far I have gotten in the stack.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Dr. Seuss. Find out more at the H.E.A.R.T. blog: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Language Family Tree. This beautiful graphic by Minna Sundberg is a wonderful way to explore how languages are related to one another; click for a larger view.

Words from India. Yes, nirvana is a Sanskrit word that is now widely used in English. Find out more: Nirvana.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Jason and the Argonauts' Quest. You may be familiar with the story of the Greek hero Jason, but you have probably not heard his story told this way, in the form of Jason's own diary, capturing his thoughts and fears during the bizarre events that take place on his journey to seek the Golden Fleece.

Free Book Online: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. There is a free audiobook from LibriVox also!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Although many proverbs have died out, this English proverb is still going strong!

Today's Video: The Puzzle of Motivation. Daniel Pink is one of my favorite writers on the topics of autonomy, purpose, and mastery; if you don't have time to watch the video, check out the transcript here.

Growth Mindset: I was inspired to create this one after reading everybody's posts on feedback! The growth mindset cat knows: Feedback can cause discomfort. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Come tie-dye with The Big Event on the South Oval from 2PM - 4PM... T-shirts provided! (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 6: Robert Pirsig. Today is the birthday of the author and philosopher Robert Pirsig; he was born in 1928 and is still with us today: Happy birthday, Robert Pirsig! Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I first read this book when I was 16 years old and I've read it again pretty much every year or every other year since then — so, yep, that's probably about thirty times by now. The novel itself is about a motorcycle journey that Pirsig took across the country in 1968 together with his young son, Chris. Below is a picture from the trip showing the two of them on the bike; you can learn more about Pirsig in this Wikipedia article.

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