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