Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 7! The Week 7 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and so is the Week 7 Internet assignment (Storybook commenting), along with the remaining Week 7 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.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. I've read and replied to all the Week 6 assignments turned in on time, but if you turned in a late Week 6 assignment, or an early assignment for Week 7 or 8, it may still be in the stack. My goal is to get comments back to everyone by the end of the day Friday for assignments turned in before Friday at noon. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

New Responding groups. (repeat announcement) The blog responding groups have been shuffled around this week. Let me repeat the instructions for that assignment just as a reminder: You need to comment on TWO posts at each blog. Read the ESSAY post and STORYTELLING post. If - and only if - one or both of those posts are missing, choose any two posts in the person's blog you have not read yet. For more details, see the instructions here.

Week 7 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) For the Week 7 Internet assignment, you will be reading Storybook Introductions AND a story from each Storybook. Since you have more reading to do this time (a story and, possibly, the Introduction too), you will have just THREE Storybooks that you comment on - and you need to make sure there is a story to read at each of those Storybooks. If the Storybook does not have a first story published yet, please skip it and go to another one instead. You can definitely do the assignment now; everybody should have a story by now - and you do NOT have to wait on someone who is running late with their first story. If the Storybook that comes up for you randomly doesn't have a story yet, just refresh the page to get another Storybook at random.

Midterm Grade Reports. (repeat announcement) Since I was not sure how/when you are able to view the midterm grades in Ozone, I checked with the people in Buchanan Hall, and learned that you are able to view those midterm grades as soon as an instructor submits them. So, you will be able to see the grades for my class now, and for your other classes it depends on when the instructor submits them; the deadline we were given for entering the midterm grades is this Friday, March 4.

Spring Break. (repeat announcement) For Spring Break, you will have the entire week off - that will happen during Week 8, as you can see on the Semester Calendar here. You will have your regular Week 8 assignments due next week on Tuesday-Thursday. Then, I would encourage everybody to finish up the final Week 8 assignments on Friday, March 11 - but if you want to wait and do them on the weekend after Spring Break, you can do that, too. The grace period for wrapping up Week 8 will be on Monday morning, March 21, after Spring Break.

SUNDAY March 6: Decameron film showing. There is going to be a series of films and lectures on medieval topics in conjunction with the Medieval Fair this year. The first film will be on Sunday, March 6, at 5PM - there will be a free showing of Pasolini's Decameron (warning: he prefers the raunchy side of Boccaccio's stories!) in Meacham Auditorium. There is a World Lit. unit on the Decameron coming up in Week 10. You can read about Pasolini's film in this Wikipedia article. The image below is an excerpt from the big poster announcing all the events; click here to see the complete poster with all the films and lectures listed.