Welcome to Sierra Nevada Chronicles!

The work published here represents the best of Professor Anderson's Freshman Composition classess at Sierra Nevada College. Working in editorial panels, the students themselves evaluated and selected the pieces to be published. Essays are organized into four main genres: research, narrative, argument, and comparison.  The essays represented on the home page of this site are a randomly generated selection of the work available. Click on one to get started, or go to the tabs above to select a category.  While all of the essays are interesting, the research and narrative essays are especially powerful. Feel free to read, enjoy, and comment. Thanks for visiting!

The age-old debate of whether or not gays should have the right to marry has been talked about enough. Gay marriage is defined as when two members of the same sex want to marry each other and have the same benefits as straight couples. Marriage can be beneficial on more than just a personal level, [...]

Because this is not a traditional annotated bibliography, I’d like to start off by mentioning that the other day when discussing bib # 10 you said that I was well on my way with the way I related four of the readings we read in this class including “In Defense of Prejudice” by Jonathan Rauch, [...]

It is difficult to create the right incentives when education is compulsory. So instead, the high school institution has inadvertently created perverse incentives that allow students to get through high school. The problem is that the institution is trying to work for the majority. This is a school constraint. These perverse incentives are learned to [...]

My High School life is what I considered fairly normal; I would wake up in the mornings, go to school, then hang out with my friends, and somehow find some space for homework. As I said, it’s what “I would considered fairly normal”, because I currently do not believe that is how High School is [...]