Paper 3 Rough Draft Conferences

In order to make sure that rough draft conferences are useful to you this time around, we need to have several options. As you know, I will be away from campus on the days when we would normally conduct conferences in my office. So I would like to approximate that experience as closely as possible, for your benefit.

Here are the options:
  1. Have a video conference with me using Google Hangouts. At your appointed time, I will expect you to start a video call with me from your device. My laptop will be ready to receive your call. I would also like you to have open your actual rough draft so that we can both be looking at the document at the same time (so please do not simply use your phone or tablet--also have a laptop on which you can open your Google Document. This is also a backup in case we can't get the video to work.
  2. Have a chat conference with me using the chat function in your Google Document. You will have your Paper.3 open anyway, so this should not be a problem. Either one of us can begin the chat and then the window will open, allowing you to ask me questions. You can choose this option even if video DOES work, if you would rather not have a video chat or do not have access to that technology.
  3. The last resort is to ask your questions in comment boxes on your paper. You will be expected to have your rough draft done and the questions ready by the time of your conference. Then, if internet is spotty on my end, you can still post your questions in your document, and I will respond to them with the feedback you need.

Stay tuned for updates to this posting. If anything changes, or if I find out that internet will be completely unreliable where I am, then I will let you know that option three is the only way to go. Otherwise, choose option 1 or 2 when you sign up for your time today.

First Day

Welcome to your English 1101 course! I hope this semester will be both fun and challenging for you! Your professor's name is Dr. Matthew Horton (that's me!), but you can call him Dr. H. I have high hopes that this semester will help you improve your skills as a college-level writer!

Click on these icons and see what you can do! This course is about writing, sure, but it is also about using technology to help you discover new possibilities with writing. Writing's not all just about typing papers and turning them in. In fact, this course strives to be as PAPERLESS as possible! This might be a little scary for some of you, but I assure you, the skills you'll learn will be just as important as effective writing!

Also, go ahead and look through some of the most important resources on this course website:

Read the syllabus
Check the calendar
Learn how to use Google Drive
Resources on Google Drive

Additional resources are available by clicking the tabs across the top and various links in the right-hand margin. As much as you can, familiarize yourself with this course website. My contact info is in the right-hand margin at well, towards the top.

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Syllabus - Fall 2015

Description of Course
English 1101 is English Composition I, a 3-credit hour course offered by the English Department in the College of Arts and Letters that fulfills one of two Area A "Communication Skills" requirements. You must earn a "C" in English 1101 in order to move on to English 1102.

Writing for Teacher, Writing for School, Writing for What?

Students entering First-Year Writing courses often feel intimidated by the composition tasks thrown their way, in part because the writing methods they practiced prior to college keep them trapped in a routine of “school writing” and uninspired thinking. Based on this idea and others from The Transition to College Writing, we will explore how writing can be learned, how writing might be taught, and the barriers to learning and teaching such a complex skill. Topics of discussion will include the overthrow of grading, some cures for self-censorship, the myth of “practice makes perfect,” and the unexpected benefits of messing up. To aid in our reflection on ways to learn and teach writing, students will use Google Drive to compose, and to share what they compose, in the paperless freedom of the cloud.

In this course, you can achieve the following goals:
  • Approach writing as a process of improvement
  • Discuss your thoughts about current issues that interest you
  • Develop a helpful writing process for yourself
  • Learn the parts of an essay to compose smart, lively papers
  • Gain confidence in communicating with an audience
  • Use Google Drive to produce, share, revise, and respond to digital documents, including your own.
  • Evaluate secondary sources on a recent issue of personal importance to you


Each item on the agenda can be clicked to reveal a description, if any. All assignments are due on their deadline days, but the times will vary depending on the assignment.


In addition to the book we are reading, The Transition to College Writing, your reading material will consist of various magazine articles about a wide variety of social issues. Please choose your readings according to your interest so that when you develop your Paper Topics and write your Assigned Reading Responses, you will be engaged and excited.