Friday, September 21 - Sunday, September 23

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 5! The Week 5 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and so is the Week 5 Internet assignment (Storybook Coverpage commenting). Please make sure you get started on those assignments soon; they are due today or over the weekend.

Storybook Stack. If you turned in a Week 4 Storybook assignment on time, you should have gotten comments back from me now, with points recorded in the Gradebook. If you turned in a late Week 4 Storybook, or an early Storybook for Week 5 or Week 6, it is probably still in the stack. Because the Introduction is often the hardest part of the Storybook for people to write, this is the week where it takes me the longest to read and reply to everybody's assignments... so, if I don't manage to finish everything in the stack on Friday, I will get comments back to you on Saturday at the latest for any assignment that people have turned in before Friday at 8AM. Anything turned in after 8AM on Friday morning will go into the stack for next week.

Storybook Coverpage Comments. For the Week 5 Internet assignment, you will be providing comments to people on their coverpages. Please make your comments as specific and detailed as possible! The more help people can get in improving their coverpages now, the better. For more tips and ideas about giving feedback, see this page - Feedback Tips. You will be providing feedback to people about their Storybooks every week for the next couple of months, so it's a good idea to learn how give feedback that is truly useful!

GoogleSites Tips. (repeat announcement) For the Week 5 Storybook assignment, you will be publishing your Introduction at your Storybook website. Here are some tips you might want to look at as you continue to work on the layout and design of your site: design templates - font sizes and other design elements - image size and placement - site title and page titles - site navigation. Also, please review the information on adding a new page - ESPECIALLY the part in bold red about making your new page a "top level" page; if you don't do that, you'll end up with a subpage which might give you all kinds of grief in the future!

Week 5 Responding. For the Responding assignment, you should be looking for the Week 5 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 5 blog posts at the top of their blog, just scroll on down until you find what you are looking for. For information about what to do if someone does not have the posts you are looking for, see the instructions at the assignment. There is also an extra credit responding option this week again; you will find details about that in the regular responding assignment.

Friday Events on Campus. University Theater presents Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, showing in the Weitzenhoffer Theater on Elm Avenue at 8PM on Friday and on Sunday, with additional showings next weekend also - it's a modernized version, set in the year 2012; you can read more about the production in this article in the Daily (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 22: Fall Equinox. Saturday marks the Fall Equinox, when the day and night are of equal length, as the days are getting shorter. You can read about the astronomical details of the equinox at Wikipedia, and in the Wiccan "Wheel of the Year," the fall equinox is celebrated as the holiday of Mabon (if you are somewhere in the southern hemisphere, it is the spring holiday of Ostara). You can see here where the equinox takes its place on the wheel with its eight holidays: