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!

Many people believe that wearing a seatbelt is the right thing to do, and the law should require everyone to put one on. There are times when the use of a seatbelt can actually harm the user, so the choice should be left up to the individual. Why should the law dictate someone’s personal choices? [...]

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, [...]

With recent disasters such as The Boston bombing, the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, Hurricane Sandy, and all the other ongoing political and environmental crisis’ we face in the world today; I was baffled by the jaw dropping and influential documentaries called, “The Crisis of Civilization” and “Thrive”.  Both of these films present several different [...]

Speaking about the good old days, most of them come from growing up on my best friend’s ranch throughout high school and up till I moved to Lake Tahoe at 22 years old. 75 acres of straight hay land, it is beautiful out there. The Consumes River ran behind the ranch with a rope swing [...]