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Story Lab Week 12

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I decided to do the story lab TedEd Videos: Language because most of the corrections that I have had to make on my stories have involved some sort of grammatical error.  I really liked the semicolon video because honestly I graduated from a small town where we never even discussed the proper formatting of writing and grammar. I learned that the semicolon can be used to join two complete sentences. I honestly thought that the semicolon was used for one complete sentence and one incomplete one. I'm not really sure why, but I am happy to be corrected.  I also learned something cool about apostrophes. They can actually be used in 3 different ways. The first way is to mark possession of something. For example when I say Chloe's purse. The second way is to mark contraction. This is what we do when we say "don't" or "can't". The last way to use apostrophes is to mark plural of single letters. I had no idea they could be used this way but apparently they ca

Reading Notes: Beowulf Part A/B

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I chose to read Beowulf for the second reading this week. This is a hero story (which I love). All of the small stories from this category were written as poems which made them pretty easy to read and fun. My favorite part about Beowulf was his battles. He first had to battle a monster named Grendel who was terrorizing his home. Beowulf bravely went and tore his arm from his body (that is one strong man), but then Grendel's mate came to avenge his death so Beowulf once again had to battle to protect his people. I thought the story was over when he then defeated Grendel's mate, but then a dragon came into the story because someone stole his treasure.  You can tell in these older British and Celtic stories that battle or war is a very common theme with them which makes sense because that is exactly what was happening in the real world around these authors. The whole world was at war with each other; constantly fighting over land and resources. It seems like the only issues in the

Reading Notes: Robin Hood Part A

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The section I decided to read from the British and Celtic unit was Robin Hood. I feel like a lot of people probably picked this story section because most of us have grown up hearing about the Robin Hood stories. These were very different than the ones I grew up hearing however.  Honestly, the only enemy that I recognized was the Sheriff of Nottingham. The others were brand new to me which was a nice surprise. I did not know what a ballad was before reading this unit. A ballad is basically short stanzas that tell a story that are passed on orally from one tradition to the next. It really gives a structure and a rhythm when reading. I really liked the ballad shape of writing over some of the other things I have read for this class. I also noticed that some of the stories had capitalized words or italicized words kind of randomly. Of course they were not random, but at first they seemed like it. They were really used for emphasis to show something important.  I also noticed that the word

Famous Last Words: Getting Back On Track

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The last couple of weeks have been super chaotic for me. I went to Denver for 2 weeks with my boss where I was working open to close every single day. With the time difference too I was unable to do most of my homework in my classes including this one. I already reached out to Laura about this though and she was very supportive in telling me not to worry and that I can still get back on track for this class. I want to earn an A in this class, so I will do everything I can to get back on track so that is possible. I am going to make sure to do all of the assignments for each week and do all the extra credit that I can. I should be able to reach my goal when I do everything. In the past I have been lazy in doing all the readings, but now I cannot do that if I want to be successful. I am a little worried about being consistent and doing all of the assignments, but I know that if I put my mind to it I can do it. I look forward to the challenge and to working hard. Hopefully I can be succes

Extra Credit Reading: Week 11

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I failed to do the reading for this week so I am taking this extra credit reading to make up for the one I did not do. The Native American unit is the one that I used for this reading.  This story was from the Tejas Legends. I had no idea that there were Tejas Legends that originated from Texas! The Tejas Legends were very simple, but I liked that about them. The simplicity of these stories makes me think they are geared more towards children or young adults. These would be something that I think adults would tell children before bed. My favorite short story from this unit was How The North Wind Lost His Hair . The title of this one really grabbed my attention (although I do not like that the wind is masculine but not the point). These stories had a lot of personification which gives life the things that are not human. This is also what makes me think they are made for children to hear or read because it contains so much personification. I really like that about them and it made them f

Famous Last Words: Struggle Bus

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Note to Self: You need to do better at making time for this class and it's assignments. This week has been very, very rough with completing the assignments because of your work trip to Denver. I understand that you have worked 55 hours in 4 days, but school needs to still be done. Even if that means staying up really late and waking up early it needs to be done. I did not complete any of the assignments for this class for the entire week. This cannot happen again. The readings are still my biggest issue when it comes to class assignments. I just need to make a better effort at setting time aside for this class. This next week I will not have to work as many hours, so it should be a little easier to find the time. I think Tuesday will be a good day to get some work done as long as I can focus. It is a little different having to live in a hotel with two other girls because I don't normally share my room with anyone; it is usually easy for me to have my own time and space to do th

Week 10 Review

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I am currently in Denver for a business trip for two weeks, so I have not been able to keep up with my assignments. I have worked 55 hours in the last 4 days. I am going to try my absolute best to get back on track, but I am very worried that I have fallen too far behind schedule.  This picture was from the post about the Easter legend of the dogwood. Easter is one of my favorite holidays because I am a catholic, but I had never heard the legend of the dogwood and how it represents the Crucifixion.  Freud, Jung, Luke Skywalker, and the Psychology of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #40 - YouTube This link above is the video I chose to watch for this assignment. As a psych major this video really interested me. I think it is neat to see how mythology, psychology, and many other studies all combine about certain topics.

Reading Notes: Congo Part B

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The Congo unit I read today had a couple patterns that were odd to me. The first was that the Congo unit had several fetishes mentioned in several of the stories. I did learn that these fetishes are representations of the different kinds of wind. There is the "boomba" which is the east wind, and the "lembe" which is the southwest wind. This is very different from most of the stories that you would read in the western hemisphere.  This unit was similar to the Nigerian unit because the Congo unit had lots of animals as the characters in the stories. These stories seem to explain the nature of things. Like the first story explained why leopards eat antelopes as soon as they meet one. Even though this story is a folktale, it helps to explain everyday experiences. These stories were also pretty short in length approximately 300-1000 words much like the Nigerian unit. I think this length is ideal to keep the audience engaged in the story. I know I typically get bored afte

Reading Notes: Nigerian Unit Part A

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For this week's reading I chose to do the Nigerian Unit .  Most of the stories under this unit involve animals that engage in "foolish imitation" to trick another animal. These stories involve clever thinking and cunning actions. I think this is very similar to my story I created on my portfolio because I made the mouse trick the snake so he would not be eaten. My story did not combine both humans and animals thought. I think the eastern side of the world loves to tell folktales with animals. These folktales are short in length (about 300-1000 words) and sometimes have some humor in them. My favorite story from Part A was The King who Married the Cock's Daughter . The king married an animal which is not something we would typically see in our world today, but it was interesting to me that the king died from a broken heart. This folktale could be used to explain why it is that people do not marry animals (whether this be right or wrong).  I definitely enjoyed doing one

Week 8 Progress

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 So far I am on track to earn an A for this course which is exactly where I want to be. I did miss a couple assignments (like readings) but I did take advantage of some of the extra credit this past weekend to help catch me back up to where I need to be. I definitely should make a better habit of actually doing the extra credit so that I can finish this class early, but I always end up putting this class after my other big science ones. Maybe investing more time on Monday's when I don't have work or school would be smart. I tend to try and do homework for my other classes on that day so I just need to include this one. Other than that I think I am making good progress on everything and look forward to the rest of this semester! Great quote to keep me moving the rest of this semester!