Friday, February 12 - Sunday, February 14

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 4! The Week 4 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 4 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon!

New Responding groups. As I mentioned in an email on Thursday, the blog responding groups have been shuffled around, so you should find some new people to read and respond to this week. I'll be shuffling the blog groups like this every three or four weeks during the semester. If somehow I've accidentally left anybody off the list, please let me know! With these new groups, if someone has not done the blog posts for the current week, you should certainly be able to find other posts in their blog from previous weeks that you can comment on.

Storybook Stack. On Friday, I should finish reading and responding to every Storybook assignment in the stack that was turned in before Friday at noon (contents of the stack). If you turn something in before Friday at noon, my goal is to get comments back for you before the weekend. I don't do any grading over the weekend, so if you turn something in after noon on Friday, it will go into the stack. I'll start working through the stack first thing on Monday morning, in order. If you want to get comments sooner from me next week rather than later, turn in your assignment earlier - the huge majority of people turn in their assignments on Sunday, and it sometimes takes me several days to reply to all of those. Turn your assignment in on Saturday, not Sunday, if you want comments back sooner.

Storybook comments. (repeat announcement) Please make sure you look for my comments in the emails I send back to you; my comments are marked with ==> which should make them easy to see as you scan down the text of the email. So, in addition to the top part of the email, the main comments are inserted into your assignment below. You will need this email when you work on the next Storybook assignment, and you should save these emails, too, since you will be working on the Storybook all semester and you might need to look back at a previous email to get some information to help you with a later assignment.

Valentine's Day: Green M&M Legend. In honor of Valentine's Day on Sunday, February 14, I decided to look for a Valentine's Day Legend from Here is the first one I found: in 2008, the Mars Candy Snackfood Company promoted the distribution of packages of all-green M&M candies because the green candies are supposedly an aphrodisic - true or false??? Well, it is true that Mars promoted the green candies for Valentine's Day that year, but as to whether the green ones really are an aphrodisiac, is not saying! Other legends about the candy colors are as follows: orange M&Ms are good luck, brown ones are bad luck, and if you get a red one last out of the bag, you should make a wish and it will come true. As for the green candies being an aphrodisiac, no one is quite sure how this rumor got started - but it has been circulating since the 1970s! Happy Valentine's Day!