Wednesday, September 11

Today is Wednesday of Week 4. Here is a link to the Week 4 assignments. I hope you are enjoying this week's reading!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Go wild with your notes. In yesterday's announcements, I mentioned a weird-but-useful strategy for reading, and trying weird new things is good for learning. Likewise with notetaking: try new strategies, look up things online, be curious, ask questions! The more active your brain can be while you read and take notes, thinking your own weird thoughts, the more you will remember (see some ideas here).

Project Stack. If you turned in something before noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me. I'll keep working on the Sunday assignments today; meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Storybooks. In honor of tonight's Star Party (see below), here's a star-stories Storybook: The Ladies in the Stars.

Writing. Mash-ups can happen in music, and stories, and in costumes too: Princess Vader.

Blog Stream. Jess is doing an ongoing Wikipedia Trail from week to week to week, which is very cool, so this week she picked up where she left off with the Bhakti Movement and ended up at the History of India, with this lovely picture of the Great Stupa at Sanchi:

Twitter Stream. I've been enjoying these Ganesha graphics at the Amar Chitra Katha Twitter account over the past week, so I combined them into an animated gif.

Myth-Folklore. Here's another cool animated gif; see more animated ruin gifs.

Indian Epics Today. Yesterday was Sita's sister Urmila, so today, of course, it's Sita: more about Sita. Some of you in Indian Epics may be watching this film about Sita as your reading choice next week: Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley.

Story of the Day. Today's "why" story is an African American folktale about Why the Wren Does not Fly High.

Mindset Cats. This mindset cat is ready to fly!

H.E.A.R.T.. Here's a lovely video about the promise of flight: Fly to Paradise.

Event on Campus. There's a Star Party tonight at 8:45PM; you can find out more at the OU Observatory website.

September 11. In honor of the first responders from 9/11, here is a StoryCorps video: John and Joe. You can find out more here: Firefighter Father Recalls Losing Sons On 9/11.

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