Wednesday, April 19

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13. 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

Project Stack. I'm making good progress this week! If you turned in an assignment before 2PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now, and I'll keep working on the Sunday afternoon assignments today. As always, you can use check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Story Planning option. This week is the next-to-last week of Story posts because Week 15 will be another review week, so that means this week is the last chance to try the Story Planning option. If you have not done that before, you might want to try that this week; doing research for a story can be lots of fun. There is always so much you can learn just by poking around Wikipedia. Just follow your curiosity and see where it leads!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Words. You might want to create a Words-in-Words experiment of your own to use in a story.

Storytelling. Another tool that you might enjoy playing with for storytelling purposes is Joseph Campbell's model of The Hero's Journey. And of course your hero can be a heroine instead!

Words from Mythology. And from the ancient Greek Muses, we get the English word MUSEUM.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: HGTV: Homer and Garden Television. Join Persephone as she redecorates both in heaven and in the underworld, while Zeus and Hera squabble on camera, and Odysseus goes house-hunting together with his loving wife Penelope — all part of the HGTV line-up for this season.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is The Fables of Pilpay with illustrations by Thomas Scott. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. These fables from India are similar in many ways to the Aesop's fables of ancient Greece.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is You must take the little potato with the big potato (an Irish proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Life, after all, is full of both big and small potatoes, real and metaphorical.

Video: The video for today is a TED talk by Rosie Allimonos: Dr. Who and Mythology, and here is an interview with her about transmedia and video games: Transmedia Storytelling.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid to be different: Being different can give you power. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be an African Clothing Flash Mob event in the Union tomorrow from 11AM - 2PM sponsored by OU's African Student Association (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 19: Oklahoma City Bombing. Today is the 22nd anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. You can read more about that terrible event at Wikipedia. The image below shows the memorial:

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