Upward Bound

In the summer of 2006 I applied and was accepted for a teaching position with Upward Bound at College of the Redwoods. Upward Bound is a program that selects high school students with low income and great potential to participate in an introduction to college life.

I taught a five-week course entitled "Culture and Justice in Literature" in which we discussed topics of globalization, racism, colonialism and neo-colonialism. In the class, we read two books: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington, as well as excerpts from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. On this page I have included my original syllabus for this class; please review it for more information.


In this class I mixed traditional and modern techniques including role-playing, reading aloud, daily meditations, weekly quizzes, and holistic grading. My syllabus below further details my course objectives and my approach to teaching the course.

Lesson Plans

I have included a partial selection of my lesson plans below.

Assignments and Handouts

These are a few of the assignments / handouts I passed out in class.

End of Course Student Evaluation

Finally, students were asked to evaluate my performance by responding to the following questions at the end of our five-week course. All questions were scored on a range from 1 to 5.