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 tenth 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
  • Applied English Language Arts
  • Contemporary World Issues
  • Latinx Culture

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. Grammar, vocabulary, and figurative language will be emphasized as well as editing writing.

Literature and Composition II Syllabus 2021-2022

Course Description

Applied English Language Arts (ELA) course is to teach students to develop reading and writing skills, including strategies crucial for navigating informational texts in the real world. Reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing are
the four main components of this class. All materials are realistic, applicable, and relevant to the real world and workplace. Bilingual educational strategies in American Sign Language (ASL) and English are used in order to ensure an in-depth understanding of the materials. Problem-solving skills, learning strategies, and communication writing skills are also taught in this class as well to better prepare students for their future.

Applied English Language Arts Syllabus 2021-2022

Course Description

This class is about our world and some of the issues that face us today: Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Human Rights, Health, Food & Water Poverty. At the end of this class you will make an exhibit educating an audience of one topic you learned in class.

Contemporary World Issues Syllabus 2021-2022

In This Class, We Will Learn About

  • Spanish language
  • Various sign languages in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Spanish-speaking countries & heritages (including indigenous groups in Latin America)
  • Famous and historical Latinx people, both hearing and Deaf
  • Holidays & Traditions, including food

Latinx Culture Syllabus 2021-2022