Extra Readings


Below you will find extra professional examples for the essays most faculty teach at PVCC. Please note that all links on this page open in a new window.

Conflicting Arguments
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Argument Essay

Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll” by Michael Luo and Mike Mcintyre

Death and Justice” by Edward Koch

Save America’s Forsests” Ad (.pdf file.)

Causal Analysis Essay

Innocents Afield” by Buzz Bissinger

Why We Keep Stuff” by Caroline Knapp

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science” by Chris Mooney

War of the Worlds Broadcast Causes Panic” by Jennifer Rosenberg

Comparison Essay

Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts” by Bruce Catton

Neat People Versus Sloppy People” by Suzanne Britt

Euromail: What Germans Can Teach Us About Email” by Eric Weiner

Artform for the Digital Age” by Henry Jenkins(.pdf file)

Narrative Essay

Coming into Language” by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell

The Scholarship Jacket” by Marta Salinas

On Being a Real Westerner” by Tobias Wolff (.pdf file)