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 fifth 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 English Language Arts classes I am teaching this year!

  • Literature and Composition
  • Humanities
  • Middle School English Language Arts
  • Practical English Language Arts

Course Description

Welcome to Literature and Composition! In this course, you read, discuss and analyze novels. Reading and writing are tightly connected. Therefore, most of the writing that you do in this class (on a formal or informal basis) corresponds to the required reading. You focus on learning literary devices and clear writing as a form of communication.

READING GOALS → Students will be able to:

  • 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

WRITING GOALS → Students will be able to:

  • 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

Course Description

Welcome to Humanities! In this one-year class you gain insight into human nature through the use of novels. Classical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction novels are studied in various genres.  You focus on understanding how writers use language to provide meaning and answer questions in life. You also master literary terms. Writing well about literature is a key component to success in this class.

Student Goals

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

– apply elements of narratives to your own writing

– write essays for class that require analysis and careful, considered thinking about various topics

– read a variety of fiction and non-fiction text with a critical eye

Course Description

Welcome to Middle School English & Language Arts, a course that incorporates academic English skills at the middle school level. Reading and writing are presented in a way that helps students engage in the learning process. As per WSD’s bilingual policy, ASL is used in the classroom as a foundation to learn reading and writing skills. Particular writing skills are targeted to develop the writing process. Developing skills to become better readers is also the focus of this class. Students will have opportunities to develop grammar and vocabulary building skills with each unit.

Students will be able to:

  • 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.

Course Description

Welcome to Practical English & Reading! In this course, students will practice reading and writing skills that are directly applicable to life skills. The focus for this year will be on many components of the English language, including conventions and mechanics, formal academic vocabulary, creative and academic writing skills, and comprehension skills for reading in various genres.

READING GOALS → Students will be able to:

  • 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
WRITING GOALS → Students will be able to:

  • 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