Multicultural Literature with Mrs. Rethmeier
Welcome to Multicultural Literature! I’m looking forward to working with you and getting to know more
about you this semester.
This is a college prep class. There will be reading homework almost daily! There will be quizzes over the
reading almost daily! There will be daily assignments for you to read outside of class, as well as us
reading some of the sections together as a class.
Assignments will be handed in to me at the beginning of the class unless otherwise directed.
Novels we’ll read will probably include:
The Color of Water House On Mango Street
The Joy Luck Club Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
PROCEDURES: You are expected to be in the classroom and in your assigned seat by the time the
bell rings. Your attendance is extremely important to your success.
Please make sure that cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, and all other electronic
equipment are turned off, and that I (and your classmates) do not see or hear them.
Practice presenting yourself in the best light: please do not even walk into the room
wearing the headphones. (Trust me, most employers hate seeing that!) The “Be
Safe”, “Be Respectful” and “Be Responsible” lists on the back outline expectations.
MATERIALS: Please bring to class a writing utensil, paper for notes, the book we are using, and
whatever else is assigned for the day. BRING YOUR CHOICE OF A
MULTICULTURAL BOOK EVERY FRIDAY. (A multicultural fiction book = a
book by an author of color, or a book that addresses culture, race or ethnicity.)
LATE WORK: If you have an excused absence, please make arrangements with me before or after
class on the day you return to make up the work. Please be respectful by not
interrupting the current class to ask about what you have missed or will miss during
GRADING: The grading scale will be as follows:
F 59 and below
You will be graded on:
• journaling assignments
• reading your own choice of multicultural literature on Fridays
• discussion (being prepared & able to contribute respectfully)
• quizzes & tests
• papers about what you’ve read in class
• an interview assignment done outside of class
I can GUARANTEE you that you WILL PASS this class and receive credit, if you do three things:
1) be in class on time
2) pay attention during class
3) do the reading and the assigned work
High school is an exciting time. You are taking another major step in your education. What you do and
the choices you make now really do have an impact on your life.
School attendance is a must for your success.
Following these class expectations as well as any oral ones given to you are equally important for your
success in Multicultural Literature.
Please make sure that cell phones, iPods, MP3s, etc. are turned off, and that I (and your classmates) do not
see or hear them.
Expectations: Please be SAFE, RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL:
keeping chair on floor
keeping hands/feet to self
asking for help
resolving conflict appropriately
asking permission to leave assigned areas
ignoring any problem behaviors of others
picking up trash
putting things away
alerting teacher of a problem
using your planner to record when assignments are due
treating others and property with respect
using appropriate voice and language
coming to class prepared and on time
bringing appropriate materials to class
coming to class prepared and on time
staying on task
resolving personal issues before or after class
cleaning up after self
sitting and working quietly during work time
complying with reasonable requests
I, (print your name) ___________________________________ have read the class expectations.
Signature: _____________________________________ Date: ________________