Wednesday, September 28

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 6. 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. I've gotten through the assignments turned in by 6PM on Saturday and will carry on today with the rest of the Saturday assignments and the ones turned in on Sunday morning. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and for Project Feedback this week, you will be reading Storybooks: I think you are going to be really impressed with them!

Wednesday Style. As always on Wednesday, I'm sharing a possible storytelling style to ponder: Oklahoma Style, where you set your story in Oklahoma. People have used this for some great stories in the past! You will also find more ideas at random on the Storytelling assignment page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Epic Characters. You might also get some storytelling ideas from this wonderful Tom Gauld graphic: Characters for an Epic Tale.

Active v. Passive. As some of you already know, I am a fan of the active voice! For more writing humor, see the Writing Lab blog.

Spelling. Here's another word pair the spellchecker cannot help you with: ANGEL v. ANGLE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Living in the Past: Tales of Ancient Vietnam. Vinh, a Vietnamese-American teenager, vacationing with his parents in Vietnam, finds himself pulled into a mysterious fantasy world where he meets four powerful dragons and a beautiful young woman named Sen.

Free Book Online: Vidyapati's Songs of the Love of Radha and Krishna translated by Ananda Coomaraswamy. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents, and you can find out more about the poet Vidyapati at Wikipedia.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is An untouched drum does not speak (a Liberian proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I say: let the drums speak!

Today's Video: Land of Gold. This lovely video is from Anoushka Shankar's latest album; here is what she says about the project: Land of Gold originated in the context of the humanitarian plight of refugees. It coincided with the time when I had recently given birth to my second child. I was deeply troubled by the intense contrast between my ability to provide for my baby, and others who desperately wanted to provide the same security for their children but were unable to do so.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is always growing: You can always learn more. And yes, you can find out more about growth mindset at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a gathering at 7PM in the Scholars Room in the Union: Thriving at OU (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 28: Confucius. September 28 is a day traditionally assigned to the birthday of the Chinese philosopher Confucius in the year 551 BCE. You can read about Confucius in this Wikipedia article, and also in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy online. Confucius's philosophy was already famous in Europe in the 17th century, as you can see from this Latin edition of his works published in 1687.

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