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    Dr. Ayse G. Stromsdorfer, PhD

    Teacher Message:    Dear ELL students, please view the attached link to reach training to Teams: ESOL; Fr. Lit. 150E  and World Lit.250E. Your assignments are listed on Teams pages.

    This will help you to get to your class assignments:     


      Read, think, write, and learn;

     that's the surest way to earn....(knowledge, respect, and money, of course).

    My present courses are Literature 150 E,  and 250 E. Below you'll find the current course descriptions and syllabi.  


    Mrs. Stromsdorfer, (Ph.D.)                                                                Soldan I.S.H.S.  215


    Biography: Originally from Istanbul,  Turkiye( Turkey), I have been here in the U.S. for a long time. I was born in Istanbul but lived in Ankara, where I attended Ankara Koleji, a  private prep. school, and Ankara University, Faculty of Letters, where I majored in English Philology and Literature and minored in Latin, Classical Literature, Dramaturgy, and Educational Pedagogy. later I earned an M.A. in English Literary Studies, an M.S. in Counseling, and a PhD in English/ ESL at SLU, my latest Alma Mater. 

    I have had the good fortune to teach in several countries. My education is ongoing. One of the pleasures of life is learning about the world around us; traveling affords me the chance to learn about other countries and cultures.  



    Course Syllabus ( Combined)                                   

    Soldan International Studies High School

    /Literature  Freshman English ESOL, ow called Eglish 1, and World Literature 250 ESOL, now named Englis 2. Academic  Language (Vocabulary) Support, and Study Skills are embedded.


    Mrs. Stromsdorfer,  Ph.D., Rm.: 215 ; 314-367-9222/44214


    Course Overview:

    In all our classes we will build a system of learning and improving all four  English domain skills through interaction and communication, with the further goal of orientation to the students’ new environment. Our lessons will emphasize the importance of learning to read, write, speak, research, discuss, debate, organize thoughts to think in English and expand the learning process to lead to an automatically critical and analytical thought process. Mutual understanding and respect for one another in class is one of our primary goals.


    The above concepts are in keeping with the "Missouri  Performance Standards” adjusted from the Common Core Standards, and the  WIDA ESOL standards aligned to TESOL  National Standards.



      When we are able to meet in person, on site, students are all expected to bring to class the following materials needed to complete the work we will be doing in class; they will also be expected to do assignments at home:

    • Pen and pencil
    •  Lined paper
    • Notebook and 2 folders ( one to remain in class as portfolio); color code will be determined later on.


    Freshman  Literature 150  E: Text Book : Glencoe Course 4 with the supporting soft-cover Reader; Grammar worksheets; vocabulary development using vocabulary affixes books.  Short stories, poetry selections; a novel:  Select on to read in D.E.A.R.; various short stories from text, a Shakespearean play: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet;  and a Homeric epic poem: The Odyssey. Re-designed EOC Curriculum will be followed in class to be supplemented by non-fiction texts to adhere to the Common Core requirements.  Additional take-home books will be distributed to be later returned.


    World Literature 250 E: Textbook:  Glencoe World Literature with supplementary readers; Selections from the test on all four genres. Night by Weisel. Picture of Dorian GrayLord of the Flies, and Macbeth. Affix studies from texts and “Do-now” exercises, Step-up to- Writing guidelines and teacher-generated writing packet to assist in writing four types of essays to present; EOC/ Common Core skills practice tests. Nectar in a Sieve;  as needed.Oedipus Rex by Sophoclesand important selections from other well-known world literary writings. Research – individual and group. Standardized tests and SRI throughout the term..


    (If assigned. Not necessarily a permanent assignment.ESOL 4:  To be offered in conjunction with one of the literature courses to aid in improving listening comprehension, reading, writing, and grammar skills. EDGE text with supplementary leveled readers; an online course on MYNGConnect. ) Will be updated as needed. 


     Our aim will be to work towards learning and mastering lessons either through lectures, discussion, Project-based learning, group work pertinent to SIOP practices, virtually, or through class readings and individual research.  Grades will be based on the effort put forth by the student and the improvement of skills during the year. It is the students’ responsibility  to make up any missed work due to any absence by checking with the teacher or classmates. Late work will not be accepted after the first three weeks of school when class changes are not uncommon. 


    In accordance with our school policy, all students must observe the following class rules: 

    • Come to class regularly and on time and take your assigned seat right away
    • Obey school rules: no eating,
    • Be respectful of others  in manners and language
    • Participate in class actively by answering questions individually, or work in groups quietly
    • Prepare your lessons regularly; do your homework assignments on time.     Also:
    • Bring a class folder and keep all work( homework / class-work) in it for grades
    • Keep all graded and returned work in your folders; to verify grades received, chart progress on graph.


    Attendance and all work will be graded according to matrix shown below, with  possible alteration—at the discretion of the teacher-- in favor of the student if serious, conscious effort has been spent by the student throughout the year:


     In  Literature classes,  we are expected to achieve a passing, or proficient, grade on all Benchmarks and the End of Course   (EOC) state exams. This means a student who is not working towards that goal and does not seem proficient, as evidenced by the practice tests, will receive a failing grade for the course. Please initial here to indicate that you have understood the  implications: __________________


    Students will have to maintain their portfolios to  demonstrate to  themselves,  to me, to their families and to the school officials that they have been doing the assigned work and benefiting from it as can be seen in the gradual improvement  of their  writing  samples in mechanics, format and content.


    Midterm and Final grades will be based the %100 average on the following criteria over 100 points per school year:

    • Attendance ……………………………   25%      
    • Class participation (performance)…         10%       
    • Homework and class- projects…………. 10%      
    • Quizzes and tests………………………   15%       
    • Finals/ EOC practice tests…………         40% 



    Students failing to do the work or meet the class expectations will be warned in the following manner: Oral warning, conference in hall straight away, telephone call to parent or guardian, and written referral to Counselor or Disciplinarian. Unabashed disrespectful behavior or foul language in class, or repeated severe misbehavior will not be tolerated, but will result in referral to school administrator for disciplinary action.


    Computer-assisted writing   will be practiced to reflect the skills improvement of each student using the following organizational and thematic essay contents:  

    1. descriptive 
    2. Narrative 
    3. classification
    4. argumentative
    5. expository
    6. pro/con( for/against) and summaries. 

    Please observe these guidelines; ask your parent to assist you.  Ask your parent/guardian to read the information above, and ask them to fill our a student information sheet answering the items below in an email to me:


    Student Name:________________________________________cell #____________________________


    Parent name:___________________________________cell or home ph. #______________________________





    Refer to these questions in your studies as well as readings: “What does it mean to be a part of this world? What struggles shape and define human existence?” These are some of the crucial questions our selected readings will help guide us in our search for understanding life and culture in other societies. 

    Feel free to research this online and write your impressions/ summaries with documentation and mail to me at my email above. 

    Remember your essay assignment of five paragraphs on "The Benefits of Standardized tests for Us  Students," wit discussion, explanation, evidence, and support, keeping in mind the R.A.C.E. model for including valid evidence and explanation.

    Also helpful might be keeping a  daily journal of your thoughts and activities to send or show me. If you wish to have personal phone contact for any clarification of work, email me and give me your phone number. my personal phone can be obtained by emailing me; email address is listed above. You can also email me the work that you might be completing daily.

    Go online to read any of the work that you see listed above, especially  Odysseus, "Pyramus and Thisbe:, Oedipus Rex, and any other classic work you might be intersted in reading in addition to these.

    Online:,, Burke's Academic vocabulary lists,  Grammar Monster. com,, Diagnostic English Grammar test ( see how much you remember as  this test is interactive),, ( for EOC practice in various important subjects).

    Hoping you are all well and working to enrich your knowledge of English despite the current unforeseen circumstances. Stay focused, busy, and well with your families. Keep in touch by emailing me at