Week 22: February 11 to 17, 2019




The Week's Schedule of Work and Activities

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Monday, February 11, 2019 / LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY—NO SCHOOL TODAY


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Classical Tuesday:  Philip Glass (b. 1937) / String Quartet No. 2 (1983)


String Quartet No. 2, also known by its other title Company, is a string quartet by American composer Philip Glass. This composition was finished in January 1983 in New York City, and was expected to be a piece of instrumental music for Fred Neumann's adaptation of Samuel Beckett's 1979 novella with the same name.  This composition consists of four movements and takes approximately nine minutes to perform.  The main theme of this work is subjugated to arpeggios in minor keys all along the four movements. All of the movements of this monochrome work are highly and closely related to each other. This composition is written for string quartet, but has been performed by string orchestras.


Assessment: Chapter 1 Makeup Exam


A written makeup exam for students who missed class on Friday.


Assessment: Chapter 1 Test Review


We will be going through Friday’s matching and multiple-choice exams in class today.  As SiR will have just gotten the written portion of the exam today, you won’t get them back until tomorrow.


Presentation: “Thinking Like an Economist” / Part 1 of 3.


Our focus this week is the material found in chapter 2 of the text.  You’ll be introduced to the language of the Economist as well as exploring whether Economics is a science or an art.


Debate / Discussion: “Is Economics an Art or a Science?”


You’ll be given a couple of articles written by economists discussing whether economics is a science or an art.  Study and analyze this material.  Afterward, write a one to two paragraph statement starting with a formal thesis statement on where you stand in the debate.  The prompt is: “Resolved: Economists are scientists.”  Your final choices are “strongly agree”, “agree”, “strongly disagree”, or just disagree”. You must include evidence to back up your thesis coming in from your reading and from outside example.


You may use the Chromebooks in class.  Work on this will continue into the week with the debate on Friday.  Most of this work can be done at home.


Your final statement is due on Friday.  It can be either hand-written in dark blue or black ink (one side of the paper, please—no ragged edges) or typed (Times New Roman font, 12 pt, double-spaced, one side of the paper).




Textbook: Study the material from pages 19 to 23.  Prepare for a five-question plus bonus quiz tomorrow.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Jazz Wednesday:  The Late Trade (2017) / Denys Baptiste (1969)


From the review by Kevin Le Gendre:  I was fortunate enough to see the saxophonist perform this tribute to Coltrane at last year’s London Jazz Festival, and it was a five star night. The studio recording more than consolidates what was presented on stage, crucially retaining the spontaneity as well as the precision of the playing, and, courtesy of producer Jason Yarde’s careful mix, a sense of the ‘heaviness’ Baptiste is shooting for with an expanded ensemble. That was very necessary given the subject matter, which is an interpretation of the final phase of Ohnedaruth’s career, when his pursuit of music that evoked the infinite as well as the primeval took him to the outer fringes of sonic convention. Baptiste manages to create similar density with the doubling of instruments such as bass and tenor sax – from stellar guest Steve Williamson, who sounds quite glorious, his broad roar marking a fine contrast with Baptiste’s piercing cry – while retaining an accessible touch that reflects his own Caribbean and black British heritage. The slides into rumba and drum’n’bass don’t so much lighten a bulky sound as nudge it in a more danceable direction that in turn reminds us that the putative divide between avant-garde and pop culture was never unbridgeable for Trane. Baptiste leads this ensemble with great maturity, giving a sense of measure and focus to his improvisations, really capturing the lyricism of the source material all the while bringing his personality to bear on it. 2005’s Let Freedom Ring, his tribute to Martin Luther King, served notice of Baptiste’s imagination, and this laterally courageous take on Coltrane also underlines ambition to match a substantial talent.


Quiz 4:


Text pages 19 to 25.


Presentation: “Thinking Like an Economist” / Part 2 of 3.


We move to an introduction to economic models, focusing on the circular flow diagram and the production possibilities frontier.  Then, a short look at the difference between macro and micro economics.


Debate / Discussion: “Is Economics an Art or a Science?”


In-class time to write your statement and to prepare for debate.




Textbook: Study the material from pages 23 to 28.  Prepare for a five-question plus bonus quiz tomorrow.


Thursday, February 14, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Opera Thursday:  George Bizet (1838-1875) / Carmen (1875)


We return to Carmen, an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences.  Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.  The music of Carmen has since been widely acclaimed for brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere, and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters.


Quiz 5:


Text pages 25 to 28.


Presentation: “Thinking Like an Economist” / Part 3 of 3.


We finish off your introduction to chapter 2 by looking at the influence of Economists in the political sphere, ending with a look at why Economists disagree.


Debate / Discussion: “Is Economics an Art or a Science?”


The last of the in-class time to write your statement and to prepare for debate.




Textbook: Study the material from pages 28 to 35.  Prepare for a five-question plus bonus quiz tomorrow.


Friday, February 15, 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.


Due Today:


Your formal debate statements (either handwritten in dark blue or black ink or typed.  See above).


Quiz 6:


Text pages 28 to 35.


Debate / Discussion: “Is Economics an Art or a Science?”


We’ll be using the Four Corners Debate style to conduct this discussion.   This debate will get students up and moving while using their critical thinking skills.  Move to the corner of the classroom where you will see your position posted on the wall.  Once you move to your corner, you will get 10 minutes to discuss your thoughts.  One person will be chosen as the note-taker and one person the speaker.  At the end of the 10 minutes, each speaker will be invited to state his or her case on the topic.  If at the end of the debate you have changed your mind, you are allowed to move corners. Then you’ll get another 10 minutes to discuss.  After that point, you’ll take your seats to write a new paragraph detailing their thoughts on the topic.  This paragraph will be submitted with the first paragraph at the end of the period.

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