Wednesday, October 19

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 9. If you have not written a story for this week yet, that means today is Story Writing Day... OR it might be Story Planning Day. I hope you will enjoy the new planning option. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've replied to the assignments turned in on Saturday and on Sunday morning, and I'll be working on more Sunday assignments today. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Wednesday Style. As a possible style for this week, I thought I would suggest Yoda style, along with an infographic to help you explore the possibilities that Yoda can offer you as a storyteller. In addition to his very distinctive speaking style, Yoda probably does know all the stories (old and wise as he is), and he certainly knows lots of great characters to whom he could tell a story as well.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Grammar. And here's some more Yoda humor: standard grammar is not his strong suit... Scared, Yoda Was.

Spelling. I thought this was a genius use of Google data: it's a chart that shows the most common "how do I spell" Google search queries. Apparently people in Oklahoma are worried about the whole gray v. grey thing!

Words from India. Today's word from India is a lovely one: MANDALA (mandala coloring books are a favorite of mine).

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Tracking the Werewolf. Our hero, John Abbott, is tracking the werewolf, getting closer and closer . . . until we do indeed see the werewolves through his eyes.

Free Book Online: Dandin's Dasha-Kumara-Charita: The Ten Princes translated by Arthur Ryder. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. For those of you who read Twenty-Two Goblins, this is the same Arthur Ryder who translated that book too.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Every day a person grows more wise (a Polish proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I really do believe this proverb, which is why I am an educational optimist. :-)

Today's Video: Native American Ledger Art. I thought this video from the Smithsonian might be of interest to those of you reading Native American stories this week.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is trying out the new story planning option: Make notes. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Today is the OU Tech Fair on the South Oval from 11AM to 2PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 19: Philip Pullman. Today is the birthday of one of my very favorite writers, Philip Pullman. If you have not read his Dark Materials books, I highly (HIGHLY) recommend them. The second one in the series, The Subtle Knife, if my favorite... but all three of them are so good! You can find out more about his life and career at Wikipedia, Happy Birthday, Philip Pullman!

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