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, [...]

The United States public school system is in trouble. It is failing and we need to do something about it. As of now, the public school system produces sub-par students and embarrassingly low student performances. Quality teachers are the answer. To ensure that every student has access to quality teachers we must fire bad teachers. [...]

When I was 16, I moved to the US from Mexico to help out my sister with the last month of her pregnancy.  At first, I was incredibly nervous about moving to the United States.  I really didn’t know what to expect.  I was worried that kids would not accept me because of where I [...]