Week 37: June 3 to 9, 2019



The Week's Schedule of Work and Activities

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Monday, June 3, 2019 / Early Release Schedule


Classic Rock and Roll Monday:  The Beatles (The White Album) (1968) / The Beatles


The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, released on 22 November 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band's name embossed, which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band's earlier Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.    The group returned to EMI Studios in May to commence recording sessions that lasted through to October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the Beatles, and witnesses in the studio saw band members quarrel over creative differences. The feuds intensified when Lennon's new partner, Yoko Ono, started attending the sessions. After a series of problems, including producer George Martin taking a sudden leave of absence and engineer Geoff Emerick quitting, Ringo Starr left the band briefly in August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year, leading to the eventual break-up of the Beatles in April 1970.    On release, The Beatles received favorable reviews from the majority of music critics. Other commentators found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical, however, amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. The band and Martin have since debated whether the group should have released a single album instead. Nonetheless, The Beatles reached number one on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States and has since been viewed by some critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.


Due Today


Worksheet for 11.5


Quiz 11.5


Assessment: Vocabulary Test, Chapter 10


You are responsible for all 25 BOLDFACED “terms and names” from chapter 10 of the old textbook.  This is a matching test.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Classical Tuesday:  Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) / Symphony No. 1, Second Movement (1988)


Gustav Mahler was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation.   As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 his compositions were rediscovered and championed by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century. The Symphony No. 1 was mainly composed between late 1887 and March 1888, though it incorporates music Mahler had composed for previous works. It was composed while Mahler was second conductor at the Leipzig Opera, Germany. Although in his letters Mahler almost always referred to the work as a symphony, the first two performances described it as a symphonic poem or tone poem. The work was premièred at the Vigadó Concert Hall, Budapest in 1889, but was not well received. Mahler made some major revisions for the second performance, given at Hamburg in October 1893; further alterations were made in the years prior to the first publication, in late 1898. Some modern performances and recordings give the work the title Titan, despite the fact that Mahler only used this label for two early performances, and never after the work had reached its definitive four-movement form in 1896.


Assessment: Vocabulary Test, Chapter 10


We’ll grade the chapter 10 vocabulary test in-class.


Students who missed yesterday’s test will take a written make-up.


Lesson 105: Militarism and Alliances


You will be going out among each other to negotiate and write your treaties.  We’ll assess if your efforts help to avert World War I.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Jazz Wednesday: The Music of Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)  Top Hits of the Week


Louis Armstrong was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. He was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. Armstrong is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet playing. Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided at the time. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him access to the upper echelons of American society, then highly restricted for black men.


Assessment: Vocabulary Test, Chapter 11


You are responsible for all 22 BOLDFACED “terms and names” from chapter 11 (including 11.3) of the old textbook.  This is a matching test that will be timed at 25 minutes.  We’ll grade the test afterward.


Lesson 105: Militarism and Alliances


Continuing this activity.


Thursday, June 6, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Opera Thursday:  Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) / Don Pasquale (1843) / Act I: "So anch'lo la virtu magica." (12-13)


Don Pasquale is an opera buffa, or comic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti with an Italian libretto completed largely by Giovanni Ruffini as well as the composer.  The opera was first performed on 3 January 1843 by the Théâtre-Italien at the Salle Ventadour in Paris with great success and it is generally regarded as being the high point of the 19th century opera buffa tradition and, in fact, marking its ending. / You’ll be listening to the aira “So anch’lo la virtu magica” from the first act, sung by the Russian soprano, Anna Netrebko where she tells us all that she’s no naïve girl and won’t fall for any man’s charms.


Final Advice


Lesson 105: Militarism and Alliances


Concluding this activity.


Friday, June 7, 2019 / Comp Schedule


Whatever Friday


Whatever Fridays are reserved for...well...whatever!  It might be a classic music video, a clip from an old film, something totally weird, or something quite pedestrian and everyday.  You can help program Whatever Fridays by submitting a request at steve.rosenberg@abcusd.us   Mind you, it need to be free of explicit language and be in good taste.  And it has to appeal to SiR's standards.


4th Quarter Comps / Periods 3 and 4


No Classes or Testing Today


NOTICE: 4th Quarter Comps


You will be tested on Monday (period 6, 10:30 to 12:30) and Tuesday (period 5, 8:00 to 10:00).  You will be tested on the material covered in the Spring Semester, chapters 6 to 11 textbook.  It will consist of the following:


  • Matching vocabulary from chapters 6 to 10.
  • Multiple-choice questions focusing on the French Revolution, Industrialization, Imperialism and World War I (only material covered in the lecture).
  • An essay covering all class material will be assigned.  It will only be graded if it is theoretically possible for you to advanced a letter-grade after the matching and the multiple-choice is graded and entered.  You will be informed if your essay qualifies.


MUN Banquet from 6:00 to 9:00.  $15.00 at the door.  See you there!



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