Wednesday, February 29

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 7 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 9PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 7 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) For the Week 7 Internet assignment, which is available now, you will be reading stories at the Storybooks, since everybody should have a story available now. That means you have more reading to do this time (three stories and, possibly, a couple of Introductions also), so you will have just THREE Storybooks that you comment on. You are welcome to do that assignment now; you don't have to wait if a person you are assigned happens not to have published a story yet. To find out more about how the assignment works this week, see the Internet assignment page.

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. People will be writing and re-writing their Storybook pages all semester long, so specific feedback is really valuable. It's nice to get compliments, but it is also really good to get feedback about what things could be improved. So, do not hesitate to say when something is confusing, or obvious, or 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 definitely give compliments about things you like, but please also try to provide detailed feedback both about the writing and about the webpage design. Sharing your specific, detailed impressions is an important part of the process of helping everyone to create a great Storybook this semester!

Wednesday Events on Campus. Free cupcakes - come "Decorate a Cupcake" in the first floor lobby of the Union at 11:30 AM (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Happy Leap Year Day! As you can imagine, the Wikipedia article about Leap Years is filled with all kinds of fascinating details about this calendar phenomenon, including leap years in folklore. For example, here is a postcard from the 1908 Leap Year based on the folk tradition that in a Leap Year, and only in a Leap Year, women may make a proposal of marriage to men, rather than the usual vice versa.