Friday, February 25 - Sunday, February 27

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 6! The Week 6 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and so is the Week 6 Internet assignment (Storybook commenting), along with the remaining Week 6 assignments that are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Friday drop deadline. Friday, February 25, is the last day to drop the class with an automatic grade of W on your transcript. For more information, see Wednesday's announcements.

Commenting on Storybooks. (repeat announcement) Every week from now through Week 12 of the semester, you will be commenting on people's writing at their Storybooks. During these weeks as you comment on people's Storybooks, please provide as much detailed, specific feedback as possible! It's nice to get compliments, but it is also really good to get feedback about what things could be improved, especially now, early in the semester. So, do not hesitate to say when something is confusing, or when something seems repetitious, or if you think something is important is missing. Every semester, students tell me that they wish they had received more detailed feedback on their Storybooks, rather than just generic compliments. So, try to be a really careful and attentive reader of each Storybook you visit, providing detailed, useful feedback in your comments, describing your own experience as you read the Storybook.

The Ning Comment Wall. (repeat announcement) Every week for the next couple of months, people will be leaving comments about your Storybook at the Ning Comment Wall which is part of your Profile page. It would be great if you make the latest activity and blog activity invisible, so that way there will be more room on your Profile page for the Comment Wall. There is a Technology Tip for cleaning up your Ning Profile in order to get things all spiffed up and ready for visitors.

Storybook Stack. There are some late Week 5 and early Week 6-7-8 Storybook assignments in the stack as of Friday morning. My goal is always to get every Storybook returned before the weekend that is turned in before noon on Friday. If you turn something in after noon on Friday, it will go to the top of the stack on Monday morning. For those of you who would like to get comments back sooner rather than later on your Storybook assignment, turn it in on Friday or on Saturday - don't wait until Sunday!

February 25: Neil Jordan. Friday, February 25, is the birthday of the amazing Irish film director, Neil Jordan. You can read an article here in Wikipedia about his very prolific career in movie-making. There are so many of his films that I enjoy, but three of them really stand out - The Crying Game (for which Jordan won the Academy Award), Michael Collins (one of Liam Neeson's best films ever) and Breakfast on Pluto (see the poster below). Happy birthday, Neil Jordan! I am hoping we will get to see many more films from him yet to come!