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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 current drinking age has led to a culture of dangerous, clandestine binge-drinking,” Reported by Slate Magazine in an article by Darshak Sanghavi. Underage adults feel belittled and underappreciated by the federal government. Instead of obeying the minimum drinking age law, underage drinkers are resorting to irresponsible, dangerous drinking. Lowering the drinking age will not [...]

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, [...]

The education system in the U.S, over the last 150 years, has experienced many reforms and changes, some of the more recent being “No Child Left Behind” and the “Common Core State Standards”. When the No Child Left Behind act was signed into law in 2002, it was meant to help disadvantaged students, and ultimately [...]

I’m sitting in a biology class being a bad student, of course, by not taking the pencil and writing the repetitive statements on the board. With the current education system you are lucky to get out thinking for yourself. It seems the students are given the facts over and over again; instead of hearing an [...]