English & Global Studies

Global Studies help students learn about the past while understanding the present. Students learn not only the facts, but also the significance and interrelated nature of world events. Students develop crucial reading, writing, note-taking, research, presentation and study skills. Both subjects, English and Global Studies, teach our students valuable concepts including events and sequencing, characterization, reading comprehension and point of view, and expose students to multiple perspectives through global literature. 

6th Grade, English
In sixth grade, students are prompted to ask questions and develop ideas, which they support with facts and details from their research and reading. Students read various novels and short stories, and participate in global studies, hands-on research projects and field trips. A few samples of sixth grade assigned reading are:

  • "Year of Impossible Goodbyes" by Sook Nyul Choi, set in Korea, and "Red Scarf Girl" by Ji-li Jiang, set in China
  • "Flying Lessons and Other Stories" by Ellen Oh (editor) 
  • "Eleven" by Tom Rogers
6th Grade, Global Studies
Sixth grade Global Studies opens with a study of World Geography and introduces the concept of culture and how it develops. It closes with the Delaware Unit, a unit designed by Tatnall to help prepare students for seventh grade U.S. history, where students visit many historical locations in the Delaware region, welcome guest speakers and write a research paper on a famous Delawarean. Throughout the year, students focus intensely on identity and culture. Lessons involve:
China, Japan, and the Koreas:

  • Study of the subcontinent: Ancient civilizations, interactions with the rest of the world, culture study, modern issues and current events with individual country study

The Middle East:

  • Research project, artistic component, and presentation about an assigned country. Study of the religions that developed in the region, as well as their historical and modern interactions. 

Specific skills that will be continually refined and improved include:

  • Organization
  • Research and a Written Research Paper
  • Creativity
  • Listening and Following Directions
  • Appreciation of World Cultures
  • Respect and Kindness
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Note-Taking, Outlining, Annotation
  • Map Study
  • Presentation Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Writing with Purpose

The Tatnall School

The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in PK3 through Grade 12 located in Wilmington, Delaware.