Wednesday, February 1

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 3. 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

Storytelling Style. Each week on Wednesday, I like to share a storytelling style, and the one I want to share today is "mix-and-match" which you can see in Chelle's story from last week: she combined two of the Jewish fairy tales (The Higgeledy-Piggledy Palace and The Fairy Frog), and created something totally new: Fairy Frog to the Rescue. There was also a Storybook last semester that features stories that combine two different Grimm stories into a single story: An Unexpected Visitor. So think about that as a possibility: you could combine two stories from your reading unit this week, a story from this week with a story from last week, or some other kind of mix-and-match.

Project Stack. I'm making my way through the stack, which usually takes me all week to finish. If you turned something in by 2PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now, and I'll keep working on the Sunday assignments today; you can always check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Creativity. As you can guess, I definitely think we need lots of room for creativity.

Writing. Grant Snider is one of my favorite cartoonists, and he definitely understands how complicated it can be to get ready to write.

Word from India. Here's another word from India: CALICO, as in calico cats.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class last semester: Medved: The Bear Officer. It's a typical day in a sleepy little town when Officer Medved gets up and goes to work... and his first case involves a bear who is making some very strange requests of the hikers he meets in the woods.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is The Tortoise and the Geese and Other Fables of Bidpa by Maude Barrows Dutton. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. If you like Aesop's fables, you might like the fable of Bidpai from India.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A man travels as far in a day as a snail in a hundred years (a French proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. It's all relative, so enjoy every step of your journey!

Video: The video for today is How Ancient Greek Statues Really Looked. Find out more at Open Culture: Research Reveals their Bold, Bright Colors and Patterns.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat recommends that you take good notes while reading because the creative process starts with making observations. You can find out more at Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a lecture at 5PM today in the Union's Heritage Room as part of the "Searching for Hamlet" Presidential Dream Course: Terri Bouros, "Enter Young Hamlet" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 1: Vasant Panchami. The 2017 celebration of the holiday of Vasant Panchami takes place today. This is a festival in honor of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, art, and music. You can find out more about the holiday at Wikipedia, and here is an image of the goddess:

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