Tuesday, October 18

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 9, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top. If you have not done any reading for this week yet, you need to make sure you do some reading today. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I managed to get through the projects that were turned in on Friday and Saturday morning. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I'll keep on working my way through the stack in the order received.

Week 9: Story post. (repeat announcement) 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:

Story Generator. This story generator is inspired by Game of Thrones. And, yes, everybody dies... but there are lots of options on the way!

Punctuation. Because you can never have too much punctuation humor! Meanwhile, click here for the original Star Wars clip.

Spelling. And here's another word pair that renders the spellchecker powerless to help you: PEAK v. PEEK.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Shadows of the Ishvara: A Search for the Truth. Where are the gods in the modern world? In this Storybook a young man in possession of a sword inscribed with the word "TRUTH" goes on a quest for the gods, meeting Brahma, Vishnu, Yama and, finally, Shiva.

Free Book Online: When the Storm God Rides: Tejas and Other Indian Legends by Florence Stratton, with wonderful illustrations by Berniece Burrough. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is one of my favorite Native American units in the UnTextbook.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is We never know the worth of water till the well is dry (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is true for water... and other precious things!

Today's Video: The History of Emoticons. And yes, they really do have a history!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is growing her brain: Picture your brain forming new connections. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: The OU Center for Social Justice is hosting five events for LGBTQ Week this week, and today's event is "Gateway: Coming Out and Finding Resources" at 2PM in Farzaneh Hall 142 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 16-23: Sukkot. Today is part of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. This festival is usually known as "Feast of the Booths" or "Feast of the Tabernacles" in English. During the festival, people build special huts in which to celebrate the holiday. You can read more about the Festival of Sukkot at Wikipedia, which is also the source for the image of a festival booth below:

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