Tuesday, March 13

Today is Tuesday of Week 9, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top. The first reading is due today, and I hope you will have fun getting back into the reading and storytelling routine! Here is a link to the Week 9 assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Success Tip: Read with attention. Reading with attention will mean different things for different people. It might mean closing all your other browser tabs. It might mean reading out loud. It might mean taking notes by hand while you read. The key is to figure out the best way(s) for you to focus your attention while you read so that you can get the most value from your time spent reading. Experiment with different strategies so that you can find your own best methods for focusing.

Spring Break is coming! The way that works in this class is that Week 9 has two parts: you have the regular Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday assignments this week (March 13-14-15), but then you can decide when you want to do the end-of-week assignments based on what is most convenient for you: either this weekend (March 17-28), or the weekend at the end of Spring Break (March 24-25). Week 10 will start on Monday, March 26, after Spring Break.

Project Stack. I should be finishing up the Week 7 assignments today, and then I'll start working on the Week 8 assignments in the order that they were turned in. While you are waiting on comments back from me, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. Several people noticed the Bluetooth runes in the announcements yesterday, and I thought it was cool how Michael used that as the starting point for a Wikipedia Trail: From Bluetooth to Phonograph. He went backward in time from bluetooth to wireless to RCA plugs to the phonograph. One of the things I really like about teaching online is using modern multimedia technology to learn about stories that are often hundreds or thousands of years old!

Words from India. I am guessing you might be surprised to find out that the word SHAMPOO comes to English from India; it's the Hindi word champo, and in English "shampoo" was first spelled "champoe."

Myth Video: In honor of the winds in Oklahoma, here is a fun mythology video from the BBC: The Four Winds.

Myth Book Online: Today's free book is Hausa Superstitions and Customs by A. J. N. Tremearne. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You can read about the Hausa people at Wikipedia; they live mostly in Nigeria and Niger, althoug there are also Hausa-speaking people in other parts of Africa.

Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is about unexpected consequences: It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins. Find out more at the Proverb Laboratory.

Writing: Here is a quote from Neil Gaiman to inspire your imagination this week:

Reading: Why read? Here's why: Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is never going back: A mind stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Video: Here's a video that can be useful for your reading and your writing in this class: What Makes a Hero? by Matthew Winkler.

Event on Campus: As part of the "Genesis" Dream Course, there will be a talk by Jon Levenson at 5PM in the Bizzell Community Room: Inheriting Abraham (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 13: Al Jaffee. Today marks the birthday of Al Jaffee, one of the geniuses behind Mad magazine. Jaffee was born in 1921 and he is still with us today, so — Happy Birthday, Al Jaffee! Almost every single issue of Mad magazine published since 1964 has contained material drawn by Jaffee. You can read more about Al Jaffee's life and career, along with the many honors and awards he has received, in this Wikipedia article. Here's one of Jaffee's 1978 magazine covers:

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