Friday, Feb. 8 - Sunday, Feb. 10

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 4! The Week 4 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 4 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon!

RESPONDING GROUPS. This week I did a reshuffling of the blog groups. The groups are random, but you should have at least one new person in your group and hopefully there will be two new people. I sometimes adjust the groups from week to week, but every few weeks I do a big reshuffle like this. If somehow I've accidentally left anybody off the list, please let me know right away! There is also a "Getting to Know You" extra credit option so you can read the Introductions and some other previous blog post for the new people in your groups. You'll see the instructions for that included in the regular assignment.

Proofreading. As you turn in the Introduction this weekend, along with your future stories, you must make sure you that you proofread your writing carefully and that you use standard English spelling and punctuation. For some help with that, I've put up this tips page: Writing and Proofreading. Especially for those of you who had trouble with the proofreading practice exercise back in Week 1 (the mouse-bride story), it is essential that you review any problem areas before you write your Storybook Introduction this weekend. So, before you even start writing your Introduction, please take a look back at that email and see what writing topics you need to review first.

Storybook Stack. On Friday morning, I still had some Storybooks left in the stack. I will make sure to reply to every Storybook assignment in the stack that gets turned in before Friday at 8AM (contents of the stack). If you want to get comments sooner, turn in your assignment earlier - the huge majority of people turn in their assignments on Sunday, and it sometimes takes me all week to all of those (especially next week, since the Introduction is often the most difficult part of the Storybook to write, which means a lot of comments back from me). So, if you want comments back sooner, turn your assignment in on Friday or Saturday, rather than waiting until Sunday or Monday.

Week 4 Internet: Coverpages. (repeat announcement) For your Internet assignment in Week 4, you will be publishing a coverpage for your Storybook. If you are using Google Sites, this means you will create a NEW SITE, and the homepage for that new site will be your Storybook coverpage. I hope you will enjoy creating a website for your Storybook! To see how the Storybooks for this semester are taking shape, here they are: Myth-Folklore Storybooks - Indian Epics Storybooks.

Friday Events on Campus. The Native Crossroads Film Festival continues on Friday and over the weekend; highlights include a showing of the film First Circle at the Sam Noble Museum on Friday night at 7PM and a showing of the film On the Ice in Meacham on Saturday at 7:15PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 10: Chinese New Year. Sunday, February 10, is the Chinese New Year - and this year it is the Year of the Snake. You can read more about the Chinese New Year tradition in this Wikipedia article. In the Chinese zodiac, the different animal years are also associated with different elements, creating a sixty-year cycle; the 2013 Snake is the water snake (as for me, I am a dragon - a wood dragon, to be specific). Happy New Year!