Friday, Feb. 22 - Sunday, Feb. 24

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.

Blog Responding.
For the Responding assignment, you should be looking for the Week 6 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 6 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.

Storybook Stack
. I still have some items in the stack as of Friday morning. My goal is always to get every Storybook returned before the weekend that is turned in to me before 8AM on Friday. For those of you who would like to get comments back sooner rather than later on your Storybook assignment, turn your work in on Friday or on Saturday - don't wait until Sunday! If you wait and turn your assignment in on Sunday or later, you will have to wait longer to get comments back.

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 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 - find out more about Good Feedback: Details, Details, Details!

Friday Events on Campus
. There will be a series of international cultural events in 230 Kaufman Hall: 1PM-2PM, The Japanese Art of Paper Folding; 2PM-3PM, Easter Eggs, the German Way; and 3PM-4PM, Brazilian Carnaval! (time/location/details) Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 23: Purim. The sunset on Saturday, February 23, marks the beginning of the Jewish festival of Purim. This festival celebrates events described in the Book of Esther in the Bible, which tells how Esther saved her people from the evil Haman, who was plotting to destroy them. You can read more about Purim in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows some yummy Hamantaschen - "Haman's pockets" - a special pastry baked in honor of Purim: