Week 18: December January 14 to 20, 2019



The Week's Schedule of Work and Activities

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Monday, January 14, 2019 / Early Release Schedule


Classic Rock and Roll Mondays: Simon and Garfunkel / The Best of (1999)


Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are popular American musicians and singer-songwriters known collectively as Simon & Garfunkel. They formed the group Tom and Jerry in 1957 in Queens, New York, and had their first taste of success with the minor hit "Hey Schoolgirl". As Simon and Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965 backed by the hit single "The Sound of Silence". Their music was featured in the landmark film The Graduate, propelling them further into the public consciousness. They are well known for their close harmonies and sometimes unstable relationship. Their last album, Bridge over Troubled Water, was marked with several delays caused by artistic differences. Simon and Garfunkel were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s, and are perhaps best known for their songs "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "The Boxer". They have received several Grammys and are inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2007). In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Simon and Garfunkel #40 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. They have reunited on several occasions since their 1970 break-up, most famously for 1981's The Concert in Central Park, which attracted more than 750,000 people.


Presentation: Operation Desert Storm (The Persian Gulf War)


We’ll finish up the video on ground war phase of the Gulf War of 1991, followed by some questions.  Afterward, you’ll be given worksheet 276 “Opposing Views: The Persian Gulf War” which you are to read, take notes, and answer questions on as per the instructions.  This is due tomorrow.


Due Tomorrow:


Los Alamitos MUN Conference topic synopsis 5 and 7 (topic 1) and 6 and 8 (topic 2).


Tuesday, January 15, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Classical Tuesday:  Remo Giazotto (1910-1998) / Adagio In G Minor for Strings and Organ (after T. Albinoni)


The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings, and organ continuo is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to the 18th-century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but actually composed by 20th-century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto, purportedly based on the discovery of a manuscript fragment by Albinoni. There is a continuing scholarly debate about whether the alleged fragment was real, or a musical hoax perpetrated by Giazotto, but there is no doubt about Giazotto's authorship of the remainder of the work.


Due Today:


Los Alamitos MUN Conference topic synopsis 5 and 7 (topic 1) and 6 and 8 (topic 2).


Due Today:


Activity Handout 276 “Opposing views: The Persian Gulf War”.


Presentation: Operation Desert Storm (The Persian Gulf War)


We’ll review the handout 276 materials today.




Review of the material on the Middle-East in preparation for your upcoming test on Thursday. This is the last session you’ll get for participation scores, so if you’re a bit low on participation points then here is your chance!


Due Next Tuesday (Period 6) or Thursday (Period 5)


Los Alamitos MUN Conference topic synopsis 9 and 11 (topic 1) and 10 and 12 (topic 2).


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 / Assembly Schedule


Jazz Wednesday:  Eric Dolphy (1928-1964) / Out to Lunch (1964)


Out to Lunch! is generally considered one of the finest albums in the label's jazz history, as well as one of the high points in 1960s avant-garde jazz movement.  A few months after recording this album, Dolphy went on a European tour with Charles Mingus.  He died shortly thereafter of a diabetic shock.  The Penguin Guide to Jazzselected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection" and awarded it a "crown", stating, "If it is a masterpiece, then it is not so much a flawed as a slightly tentative masterpiece."  The album was identified by Chris Kelsey in his Allmusic essay "Free Jazz: A Subjective History" as one of the 20 Essential Free Jazz Albums.




Finishing up your review.


Thursday, January 17, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Opera Thursday:  George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) / "Lascia ch'io pianga" (1711)


"Lascia ch'io pianga" is an Italian-language soprano aria by composer George Frideric Handel which has become a popular concert piece.  The original melody for the aria is first found in Act III of Handel's 1705 opera Almira as a Sarabande.  Three years later, Handel re-cycled the melody and used it for an aria for the character Piacere in the second part of his 1707 oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (also entitled Il trionfo del Tempo e della Verità.  The text and lyrics for this version of the aria are as follows:  Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa; tu vai cercando il tuo dolor. / Canuta brina per mano ascosa, giungerà quando nol crede il cuor.  (Leave the thorn, take the rose; you go searching for your pain. / Gray frost by hidden hand will come when your heart doesn't expect it.


Due Today:


Notes on the Middle-East


Formal Assessment / “The Middle East”


Your formal exam on the Middle East.  It will consist of:


• Matching vocabulary terms;

• Multiple-choice questions;

• Short essay question


Please make sure you are aware of the time as you test.


Friday, January 18, 2019 / Regular 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.


Formal Assessment / “The Middle East”


Today is the make-up exam if you missed yesterday’s exam.  This is a written exam and will consist of comparable but different material than Thursday.


Friday Advice


Due Next Tuesday (Period 6) or Thursday (Period 5)


Los Alamitos MUN Conference topic synopsis 9 and 11 (topic 1) and 10 and 12 (topic 2).



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