Wednesday, February 8

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 4. 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. and today's growth mindset cat urges you to go out on a limb and try something new (see below). Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storytelling Style. Lots of stories involve some kind of crime: maybe an official crime, or maybe somebody just breaks a rule. And that means some kind of detective or criminal investigation style might be one you want to explore! You can see some crime-based Storybooks here: Solving the Crime. See also the Storybook in the announcements below.

Project Stack. If you turned in something before noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me, and I'll keep working through the stack in order to finish by the end of the week. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Creativity. Here is a thought to keep in mind for storytelling today: Happiness is being creative.

Storytelling. Take a look at this graphic for Kurt Vonnegut's Shapes of Stories. The basic shapes are Man in Hole, Boy Meets Girl, From Bad to Worse, Which Way is Up?, Creation Story, Old Testament, New Testament, and Cinderella.

Words from Mythology. Have you heard the English word "chimera"...? It comes from the name of this Greek fantastic beast: CHIMERA.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Fairytale Case Files: India. Wolfgang Forrester is famous for the crimes he solved in the Enchanted Forest of European fairy tales, and he also enjoyed great success in India, too, solving the mystery of the fatal lake as well as a whodunnit involving dogs, and even the case of the murdered peasant — but will he be able to find and rescue the missing queen?

Free Book Online: Today's free book is The Story of Isis and Osiris, An Egyptian Wonder-Tale by Lily Schofield. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Some of you in Myth-Folklore may have been reading about Isis and Osiris this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A handsaw is a good thing, but not to shave with (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This might remind you of the hammer-and-nail saying, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" ... but shaving with a handsaw would be even more dangerous!

Video: The video for today is Manish Vyas talking about the Santoor, and you can find out more at Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of taking some creative risks: Go out on a limb! You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: From yesterday's announcements, you already know that there is a big event today: Harry Belafonte will be speaking on "My Life in Activism" in Sharp Concert Hall at 7PM (details), and that's a great reason to share some Belafonte videos here too!

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.