Friday, September 10 - Sunday, September 12

HAPPY WEEKEND! This is the end of Week 3. The Week 3 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 3 assignments are due on Friday or, if you prefer, on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon.

Extra Credit. Some people have asked me about extra credit, so I wanted to remind everybody that you can use the extra credit any way you want. If you forget an assignment, do some extra credit to make it up. If you run out of time to finish an assignment, do extra credit to make it up. You can pile up the extra credit to use in case you forget something or run out of time in the future. You can pile up the extra credit in order to finish the class early. So, there are all kinds of reasons to do the extra credit assignments; offering extra credit options every week is one of ways I try to make this class flexible, since everybody has a lot of demands on their time, I know!

Week 3 blog posts. For the Responding assignment, you should be looking for the Week 3 essay and story - which means you may need to scroll down, because some people are working ahead. So, if you do not find somebody's Week 3 blog posts at the top of their blog, just scroll on down till you find what you are looking for. Also, one person - Marika - is enrolled in more than one of these classes this semester, so if you are reading his blog make sure you find the posts for the class that you are in together with her.

Storybook Stack. On Friday, I hope to be able to finish reading and responding to every Storybook assignment in the stack turned in before Friday at noon (contents of the stack). I don't do any grading over the weekend, which means that 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 the order received. If you want comments back next week sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday to turn in your assignment! The earlier you turn in the assignment, the sooner you will get comments back.

Famous Last Words. Some of you have already discovered the Famous Last Words extra credit option. Given how crazy the semester gets for everybody, I highly recommend this as a nice way to just pause and reflect on how the semester is going for you. If your semester is like mine, every week flies by and you cannot even quite figure out where it went! By doing the Famous Last Words extra credit assignment, you can take a few minutes to just think about how the past week went for you and what you are expecting around the corner next week... while getting extra credit for it, too!

September 10: Eid-ul-Fitr. The Eid-ul-Fitr ("Holiday of Breaking-the-fast") is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. You can read about this holiday at Wikipedia which provides an overview of the holiday and also gives information about the different ways the Eid is celebrated in countries all over the world. Because the holiday follows the lunar calendar, it falls on different days each year in the Gregorian calendar; you can read about the dates of the Eid here. The image below shows a family celebrating Eid in Tajikistan (image from Wikipedia):