BIO: A native of Seattle Washington, USA, Mr Kelly holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University, with USA teaching endorsements in Theatre Arts (grades Kindergarten through grade 12) and English Language Arts (grades 6 - grades 12), a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance (conservatory style training in acting, dance, and voice) from Naropa University. Mr Kelly has more than 100 youth theatre productions to his credit as a director. Prior to teaching at the International School of Morocco, Mr Kelly served as the Drama Department Head, and Social Studies Teacher at Explorer West Middle School, a private school in Seattle, Washington, USA. Most notably, Mr Kelly created the award winning Middle School One-Act Play Festival for Explorer West that featured all students working on every aspect of the production from writing and performing to directing and design. Mr Kelly was named Teacher of the Year (2015) as a part of the Young Playwrights Program through ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington, and was named Faculty of the Year (2016) by the students at Explorer West Middle School. In addition to student authored original works, some of Mr Kelly’s favourite productions that he has previously directed in youth theatre have included, Romeo and Juliet, Stuart Little, Fiddler on the Roof, and Our Town. Mr Kelly is also on the Adjunct Teaching Faculty at Seattle Pacific University in the School of Education. Mr Kelly makes his international teaching debut at the International School of Morocco teaching Humanities, English, and Drama.
My name is David Orace Kelly; students can call me Mr Kelly. This year I will be teaching Year 7 - 8 Humanities (History and Geography), Year 7 -8 English Language Arts, Year 9 - 10 Humanities (International General Certificate of Secondary Education 19th and 20th Century History), Year 9 - 10 English Language Arts (International General Certificate of Secondary Education Literature), and Drama to all students in Years 5 - 10.
Prior to teaching at the International School of Morocco, I was the Drama Department Head at a private school in Seattle, WA, USA where I taught Drama, English, and History for the past 10 years.
Drama to all students in Years 5 - 10 will have a central focus of collaboration, creativity, and character. Students will ask and answer questions such as: Who am I as a performer? How do I collaborate? What creates a character? What creates a story? Students in this class will work on a final presentation that can be shared at the Winter Performances.
Year 7 - 8 English Language Arts and Humanities (History and Geography) will be organized around the central idea of Medieval history in Great Britain and the differences to the world today. The main lines of inquiry for this trimester are: How has life changed from 1066 to today? What perspectives can be found in medieval Britain? What has stayed the same from then to now? What is the significance of early historical events for life today? Students in this class will research the relevant facts, concepts, and debates from this time period and then compose an original collection of stories organized around a medieval theme that demonstrates the contrast between then and now. It may be historical fiction, science fiction, or some other format. This inquiry based unit is designed to follow the interests of the students.
Year 9 - 10 Humanities (International General Certificate of Secondary Education 19th and 20th Century History) is organized around the central idea of how war starts and ends - specifically with World War One. This term long unit will start to prepare students for the IGCSE exams by studying one of three countries involved in WWI: Russia, USA, or Germany. The students will answer many questions and research many facts relevant to the selected topics. However, the guiding questions for this inquiry based unit are: Why does a nation fight? How does a nation end conflict? Who are the victors in a war? Students will need to complete two projects for this unit. First, students will compose an editorial style newspaper article from the position of one country that they select. They will need to demonstrate their factual and conceptual knowledge through this project. Second, students will create and lead a presentation that will be delivered to the class. The presentation will cover their studies in relationship to key concepts for their selected country.
Year 9 - 10 English Language Arts (International General Certificate of Secondary Education Literature) will be reading Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” where we will be analyzing the central idea of creating fairness and justice. This complex play addresses several key questions to prepare students for the IGCSE exams. Who are the villains in our lives? How do we know what is fair and just? Who can we trust? What can we depend on? What privilege or disadvantage do you have in life?Students will read, analyze, and critique the play. In culmination, students will compose an Modern Language Association (MLA) style essay that examines the complexities of this 400 year old text.
Thank you, I look forward to teaching your children.
David Orace Kelly, MFA, MAT