Monday, October 17

Today is Monday. Week 8 is now over... and Week 9 has begun. The new week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Native American stories, and in Indian Epics you will be starting your own reading list, based on your interests. You can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar.

Update: The Week 9 Project Feedback groups are available now! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As usual on Monday, the stack is huge; you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Week 9: Story post. Based on a fantastic idea that came in via the class feedback survey you did last week, I've made a BIG change to the Story post: you can now choose whether to write a story (as before), or you can choose to plan a story which you can then write the next week. Normally I don't make changes to assignments once the semester has started, but this idea sounded so good that I wanted to try it now. I hope you will like it!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. Here's another way to think about the power of reading from Randy Glasbergen.
Coloring Book. There are books for reading, and there are also books for coloring! This is a free download from OU's own History of Science Collection: Constellation Coloring Book: Uranographia.

GrammarCatz. As usual, the GrammarCat is struggling with spelling and grammar. Find out more at the GrammarCatz blog.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class... and Michaela is doing a sequel to this project in Indian Epics this semester! My Brothers Grimm: The Diary of the Only Grimm Sister. You've never heard of Charlotte Grimm, but without her help, the Brothers Grimm would never have survived to write their famous collection of fairy tales.

Free Book Online: Twenty-Two Goblins by Arthur Ryder. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a wonderful English translation of the Sanskrit classic, Vetālapañcaviṃśati.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Your fingers can’t be of the same length (a Chinese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Diversity: it's also how the human body works!

Today's Video: Carlos Nakai: Earth Spirit. I thought this video by Carlos Nakai, the Navajo flutist, would be a good one to share as Myth-Folklore moves into the Native American units.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is curious, as cats often are: The future belongs to the curious. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: As part of the #yOUrWrite Club, there will be a Social Justice Poetry workshop with Charles Levett in Wagner 280, 8PM-9PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 17: Eminem. Today is the birthday of Eminem, and in honor of Eminem, I wanted to share a great video by one of Eminem's biggest fans and a great musician in his own right, Sparsh Shah, whom you can read about here: 12-Year-Old Singing Prodigy. His cover of Eminem's Not Afraid already has over 3 million views at YouTube!

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