English & History

Seventh and eighth students write in a variety of forms, dedicating attention to learning new vocabulary and correct grammar usage. Many lessons are combined in English and history, and this integration permits students to have profound understanding of assigned narratives and their historical settings and conditions. Database research, films, visiting speakers, and out-of-state field trips are complementary to these programs. Students will come out of this program advancing skill sets in the following areas:
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Cultural awareness
  • Research
  • Presentation
  • Study skills
  • Interpreting maps
  • Distinguishing between fact and fiction
  • Organizing notes
  • Writing and thinking analytically about history and English literature 
7th Grade, English
In the classroom, students work on several projects in conjunction with history classes to enable them to make connections between novels and their historical context. Literacy is key at The Tatnall School, and that’s why the English program focuses on the following areas:
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing Process
After collaborating with a visiting author, students will have the opportunity to write a children’s book for their kindergarten pals. During English class, all students will tap into the following areas:
  • Literature
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar/Mechanics: parts of speech, punctuation, direct/indirect speech
  • Writing: sentence structure, paragraphs, essays
  • Public Speaking: 7th Grade Speech
  • PALS program
8th Grade, English
During the year, students work on several projects in conjunction with history classes to enable them to make connections between novels and their historical context. This program continues to emphasize the writing process as they research, write and deliver a formal speech to the entire Middle School. Grammar study remains a focus, as does learning new vocabulary and the following areas:
  • Literature
  • Phrases, clauses, and punctuation
  • Writing: word choice, transitional words, sentence structure, paragraphs, essays
  • Public Speaking: 8th Grade Speech
  • 8th Grade Play: Production and Performance
7th Grade, History
In seventh grade United States History, the study of the nation’s story continues chronologically and thematically through topics including the challenges and successes of the period of colonization, the development and structure of American government and the exploration of the West. During seventh grade history class, students develop skills in the following areas:
  • Research
  • Presentation
  • Study Skills
  • Interpreting Maps
  • Distinguishing between Fact and Fiction
  • Organizing Notes
  • Writing and Thinking Analytically about History
8th Grade, History
Eighth grade United States History begins with a brief review of the topics studies in seventh grade History, such as the causes and effects of the Civil War, the Era of Reconstruction and the development of the new South, and the West. The study of American history continues by tracing the U.S.’s social, political and economic transformation into one of the world’s most influential nations.
Along the way, students continue to develop research, presentation and study skills, including identifying and analyzing cause and effect relationships, interpreting maps, distinguishing between fact and fiction, taking and organizing notes, and writing and thinking analytically about history. To enhance students’ expertise about our nation’s history, eighth graders will travel to the following destinations:
  • The United Nations
  • The Tenement Museum in NY and DC
  • The Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Newseum
  • The White House
  • The US Capitol
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Smithsonian 

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.