Week 32: April 23 to 29, 2018



The Week's Schedule of Work and Activities


Monday, April 23 2018 / Regular Schedule


Rock and Roll Mondays / Elvis Presley's Greatest Hits!


Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". / His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience. Presley was a pioneer of rockabilly, an up-tempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, he became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, made him enormously popular—and controversial. / Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, blues, and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. He won three competitive Grammys, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Unfortunately, years of prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate, just 42 years of age.


Due Today:


Final Research Binders for Los Alamitos


News Review


MUN Debriefing


We'll debrief the Los Alamitos conference, acknowledging those who have won recognition and then going on to the good, the bad, and the ugly.




Time will be taken to discuss our upcoming May 19th conference and what you can do to help. Handouts will be given for you and your parents as well.




Have your parents or guardians read the material given to you today about volunteering or helping out with food for our advisors.  This is due on Wednesday.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 / Early Release Schedule


Classical Tuesdays: Johann Sebastian Bach / Come, Sweet Death


Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


The Trial of Napoleon


Napoleon is examined and cross-examined as we finish the trial.  The jury will make its decision.  After that, the three news correspondents for liberal, center, and conservative news groups will "broadcast" their reports.


This will lead to a general discussion of the trial, and the aftermath.


News Review (if time)




Study pages 238 to 421 of your textbook: Chapter 7, Section 5 "The Congress of Vienna."  Be prepared to take a 5-question quiz with a bonus at the start of class next time.


Download and complete the review worksheet for the Chapter 7, Section 5 "The Congress of Vienna," material.  It is due tomorrow.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 / Advisement Schedule


Jazzy Wednesdays: Getz/Gilberto (1964)


Getz/Gilberto is an album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring pianist and composer Antônio Carlos Jobim (Tom Jobim), who also composed many of the tracks. It was released in March 1964 on Verve Records. The album features the vocals of Astrud Gilberto on two tracks, "Garota de Ipanema" ("The Girl from Ipanema") and "Corcovado". Getz/Gilberto is a jazz and bossa nova album, and includes tracks such as "Desafinado", "Corcovado", and "Garota de Ipanema". The latter received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and launched Astrud Gilberto to international stardom. "Doralice" and "Para Machucar Meu Coração" strengthened Gilberto's and Jobim's respect for the tradition of pre-bossa nova samba. / Getz/Gilberto is considered the record that popularized bossa nova worldwide, and was one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time. The album was also a commercial success, selling more than 2 million copies in 1964. It was later featured in Rolling Stone's and Vibe's lists of best albums of all time. Getz/Gilberto was widely acclaimed by music critics, who praised Gilberto's vocals and the album's bossa nova groove and minimalism. Getz/Gilberto received Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group and Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical; it also became the first non-American album to win one for Album of the Year, in 1965.


Due Today:


WHSMUN XVI Parent Volunteer handout.


Worksheet 7.5


Quiz on Chapter 7, Section 5, "The Congress of Vienna."


News Review


Review: The Napoleonic Era


We'll be reviewing the material from chapters 7.2 to 7.5 on Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna.  Be prepared to discuss and review this material in preparation for your exam this Friday.


Thursday, April 26, 2018 / Regular Schedule


Opera Thursdays:  Nabucco (1841) / Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)  "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves", "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate"


Nabucco is an Italian-language opera in four acts. The libretto is based on biblical books of Jeremiah and Daniel. This is the opera which is considered to have permanently established Verdi's reputation as a composer. He commented that "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star". / It follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (in English, Nebuchadnezzar II). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot. You’ll be seeing the best-known number from the opera is the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves", "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate" / "Fly, thought, on golden wings", a chorus which is regularly given an encore in many opera houses when performed today.


News Review


Review: The Napoleonic Era


We'll be finishing up our review of the material about the Napoleonic Era.


Friday, April 27, 2018 / Advisement Schedule


Whatever Fridays:  Who Knows?


This is the day set aside for whatever meets SiR's fancy.  It could be Japanese Commercials, a cartoon from the 1930's, scenes from a classic film, a bunch of quirky videos, etc.  If you have something you think might fit in, please send SiR a note of what you might want, he just might play it.  Warning--his standards are high, so it should be something in the neighborhood of awesome!




You will be tested on the material from the Napoleonic era with material coming from your reading and the trial of Napoleon. It will consist of:


  • 20 matching questions based on the key terms found in pages 222 to 241 of your reading;
  • 15-20 multiple-choice questions;
  • A short-paragraph question

The exam will begin as the start of the period and will go to the end of the period.  Good luck.


S. Rosenberg  /  Whitney High School  /  16800 Shoemaker Avenue  /  Cerritos, California 90703  /  562-926-5566  x22361  /  steve.rosenberg@abcusd.us