Tuesday, February 7

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 4, 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, make sure you do some reading today so that you will be ready to write a story this week. Here is a link to the Week 4 assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Extra Credit. Midterms will be starting up in some classes soon, so stacking up some extra credit points is a good idea. That way, you can give yourself some time off in this class — and remember: you can do extra credit any time during the week if you have a little time to spare; you don't need to wait for the end of the week!

Project Stack. I've read and replied to the Project assignments that were turned in before 6PM on Saturday (there are so many good project ideas!). If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday, it's probably still in the stack, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. I can relate to this meme about books: so many books, so little time.

Writing. Beware of ... writers.

Word from India. This is a word that comes to English from Tamil, a language of southern India: MANGO.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: The Last of the Seapeople. This Storybook contains the tales of Shameil, last of the seapeople. The seapeople once thrived in the great waters of the world until humanity destroyed their habitat, and in the stories of the seapeople and their lost civilization there is a warning for us all.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Tales of the Punjab by by Flora Annie Steel. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. There are lots of fairy tales and folktales in this book, along with the adventures of the Punjabi folk hero Raja Rasalu.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The birth of a golden deer is impossible; nevertheless, Rama longed for the chase (a proverb from the Indian Hitopadesha). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. And as readers of the Ramayana know, terrible things happen as a result of that chase!

Video: The video for today is Can You Speak Emoji?. This is another fun video from the PBS Idea Channel:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is taking things one step at a time: Big change begins with small steps. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Leading up to Harry Belafonte's visit to campus on Wednesday, this evening at 7:30PM in Headington Hall there will be a free showing of "The World, the Flesh and the Devil," a 1959 film starring and produced by Harry Belafonte (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 7: Charles Dickens. Today is the birthday of the great novelist Charles Dickens in 1812; you can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia. Do you have a favorite Dickens novel? Mine is Hard Times; you can read the book online for free, or listen to the free audiobook from Librivox.

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