Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 5! The Week 5 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and so is the Week 5 Internet assignment (Storybook commenting). Please make sure you get started on those assignments soon; they are due this weekend. For those of you working ahead, Week 6 and Week 7 are available now, too.

Storybook Stack. If you turned something in before Friday noon, you should have comments back from me and points recorded in the Gradebook. If you turned something in after noon on Friday or over the weekend, I will be adding it to the stack on Monday. So, you can check on Monday morning to make sure I have your assignment; I'll be updating contents of the stack first thing on Monday, and at that time I'll start replying to assignments in the order received. If you want comments back from me sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment on Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday.

Week 5 Internet assignment. (Repeat announcement.) If you did not read the previous announcement about the Week 5 Internet assignment and the Ning Comment Walls, make sure you take a look at those announcements now - you can even get extra credit for making your Comment Wall ready for visitors, both by making some more room on your Ning page, and also by adding a YouTube video to your page if you want!

THIS SUNDAY: Hispanic Festival. (Repeat announcement.) Thanks to Amanda Theather in the World Literature class for this event announcement (if any of you have local event announcements you want to share, just let me know!): The Norman Public Library will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the 6th annual Hispanic Festival. Come out to the Library on September 28 from 2-7 pm. to help celebrate. There will be something for the entire family with dancing, food, games, art, presentations, and fun. There is detailed event information at the Norman Public Library website.

Friday, September 26: Eve of Lailat Al-Kadr. At sundown on Friday, September 26, the Islamic holiday of Lailat Al-Kadr, often called the "Night of Power" in English, begins in North America, and continues through the day of Saturday, September 27. This is one of the most important observances during the month-long celebration of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. The holiday marks the anniversary of the night on which God recited the first verses of the Quran in a revelation to the Prophet Muhammad. You can read more about the holiday of Lailat Al-Kadr and also about Ramadan at Wikipedia. The image below shows a manuscript of the Koran from the Yale University Library collection: