Wednesday, September 21

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 5. If you have not written a story for this week yet, that means today is Storytelling Day. I hope you will have fun with that! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Yesterday I gor through all the assignments turned in before noon on Sunday. I'll keep working through the Sunday assignments today. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I'll be out of town this Friday, so I'll be doing my best to read and reply to everything before I leave town.

Storytelling Style. Many of you are writing stories today, so I wanted to feature a new style here in the Announcements: rhymes! You can learn more here about different rhymes patterns here: Rhyme. And here's a famous nursery rhyme: Humpty Dumpty. Even his name rhymes:

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Storytelling. Here's something that might inspire your storytelling today: Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.

Punctuation. And when it comes to punctuation, you can never have too much Comma Humor. :-)

Words from India. Since those of you in Indian Epics read about the gambling match in the Mahabharata this week, today's word is PARCHEESI.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Rate My Rishi. If you've ever used, you'll feel right at home at Rate My Rishi, where the rishis' students, fans, and enemies sing their praises and dish the mythological dirt, too.

Free Book Online: The Talking Beasts: A Book of Fable Wisdom by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora Archibald Smith. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You will find talking beasts from all around the world here!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is If the string is long, the kite will fly high (a Chinese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I hope that this class will give you all the creative string you need!

Today's Video: Ganga: The Goddess and the River. This is another one of those under-a-minute animated narratives from Epified:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready to reach for something new: Stretch yourself to learn something new. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's Waffles for Writers this morning at the Writing Center, 9AM-11AM in 280 Wagner Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 21: Vergil. Today marks the death of the Roman poet Vergil in the year 19 B.C.E. You may know Vergil as the author of the Roman epic Aeneid about the founding of Rome... or you might know Vergil as Dante's guide through the Inferno! You can find out more about his life and career at Wikipedia, and you might also enjoy this book by Alfred Church: Legends from Vergil.

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