Tyler DeShaw

Tyler DeShawSecondary English Language Arts

Classroom: Divine 312
Email: tyler.deshaw@wsd.wa.gov 
Videophone: 360-553-4627

Hello and welcome! I’m thrilled you’re here.

I am in my sixth year teaching English Language Arts at Washington School for the Deaf. I grew up attending mainstreamed programs in Seattle, WA, graduated from Gallaudet University with degrees in both English and Secondary Education, and received my Masters in Education of the Deaf from Boston University.

In addition to being a classroom teacher, I am also the head coach for two amazing extracurricular activities: Academic Bowl and Track and Field. I love seeing students grow, thrive, and succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Please click on the tabs to the right to read the course descriptions and goals for each of the classes I am teaching this year!

  • Literature and Composition II
  • Practical English Language Arts II
  • Middle School English Language Arts
  • Introduction to Theatre

Course Description

Literature and Composition II is a yearlong English Language Arts class for juniors and seniors. Classical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction novels are studied in various genres.  Students focus on understanding how writers use language to provide meaning and answer questions in life. Students also master literary terms. This class will also build upon writing skills previously taught as well as expose students to journalism and creative writing. Grammar, vocabulary, and figurative language will be emphasized as well as editing writing.

Student Goals 

As a result of successfully completing these courses, the student should be able to:

  • WRITING:
    • Understand the different styles of writing and how they apply to life skills: Narrative, expository, and argumentative
    • Build skills in notating, brainstorming, outlining, revising, editing, and summarizing
    • Develop grammar skills that include, but are not limited to, parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structures, spelling rules, prefixes, and suffixes
  • READING:
    • Understand the different types of reading: narrative and expository text
    • Develop reading skills that include, but are not limited to, previewing, predicting, distinguishing main points from details, scanning, skimming, distinguishing facts from opinion, and understanding academic vocabulary

Literature and Composition II Syllabus 2018-2019

Course Description

Practical English Language Arts II is a yearlong English Language Arts class for juniors and seniors. This course is a continuation of Practical Reading and Writing I and will focus on the students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics of writing, and include introduction and work in the various genres of literature. In addition, students will continue participating in activities designed to correct reading difficulties and habits that interfere with students’ progress in developing reading skills and understandings. Activities are chosen to improve students’ reading comprehension, reading technique, vocabulary development, and general literacy skills.

Student Goals

  • WRITING:
    • Understand the different styles of writing: narrative, expository, and argumentative
    • Build skills in notating, brainstorming, outlining, revising, editing, and summarizing
    • Develop grammar skills that include, but are not limited to, parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structures, spelling rules, prefixes, and suffixes
  • READING:
    • Understand the different genres of reading
    • Develop reading skills that include, but are not limited to: previewing, predicting, distinguishing main points from details, scanning, skimming, distinguishing facts from opinion, and understanding academic vocabulary

Practical ELA Syllabus 2018-2019

Course Description

Middle School English Language Arts is a year long course for seventh and eighth grade students. This class will focus on both reading and writing. The reading portion of this course will focus on identifying key ideas and details, analyzing craft and structure, and integrating knowledge and ideas in various levels of text complexity with fiction and nonfiction reading material. The writing portion will focus on narrative, informative, and persuasive writing as well as introducing production and distribution of writing and research to build and present knowledge.

Student Goals

  • WRITING:
    • Understand and implement the writing process for the three main writing genres: narrative writing, expository writing, and argumentative writing.
    • Improve writing skills through instruction, interactive activities, and practice.
  • READING:
    • Recognize and describe various genres of reading literature, including fiction and nonfiction.
    • Increase vocabulary and reading skills through instruction, interactive activities, and practice.

Middle School ELA Syllabus 2018-2019

Course Description

Introduction to Theater is a high school elective class for students in grades 9-12. In this class, students will be introduced to the world of theater including movement, improvisation, script analysis, scene study, set design, acting, theater vocabulary, theater critique, and storytelling. Students are expected to respect each other and the teacher, cooperate with each other, and come to class everyday with a positive attitude and try their best.

Introduction to Theater Syllabus 2018-2019