Friday, January 13, 2017

Class on the 13th of January

Reminder you have a current event due on Tuesday the 17th on Iraq.  In class today we examined Mosul with a 4321 and Abu Ghraib prison with a slide show.

Name:                                      
Directions:
 
4 sentences of summary about the article. Include the most important points. Your summary should show that you read carefully and have a good understanding of the article.

3 sentences of your personal response/opinion. Does this match up with your observations and experiences? Why or why not?

2 quotes that stand out. Include a couple sentences on the significance of each quote. Why did you choose it/what does it mean for this article?

1 question or connection—several sentences about something you still wonder or don't understand about this article, OR about something in the text you can connect to.


 

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All items in the 4/3/2/1 are thoroughly completed. 

Answers are all in complete sentences.

Answers show complete understanding of the 4/3/2/1.

Student went above and beyond what was expected (analysis & thoroughness).
One part of the assignment may not be thorough enough.

Answers are mostly in complete sentences.

Answers show substantial understanding of the question(s), but more analysis could lead to greater understanding.

Student met expectations of activity.
More than half the assignment is completed, but not analyzed thoroughly enough.

Answers show understanding of the question(s), but they could use more detail, analysis, examples, and/or connections.

More than half the assignment is incomplete.

Answers shows limited understanding of the question(s), and needs a lot more detail and analysis.


Assignment is either dreadfully incomplete or needs significantly more detail and analysis.
4/3/2/1 turned in late

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Iraqi forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts



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3 Sentences of Personal Opinion:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

2 Quotes and Why They Stand Out:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

1 Question or Connection:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



Iraqi forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts


By Stephen Kalin and John Davison | ERBIL, IRAQ/BAGHDAD


Iraqi forces pushed Islamic State fighters back further in Mosul on Tuesday in a renewed effort to seize the northern city and deal a decisive blow to the militant group, though progress was slow in some districts, the army said.
Iraqi forces and their allies have captured villages and towns surrounding Mosul and seized at least two-thirds of its eastern districts, military officials say, reaching the eastern bank of the Tigris river for the first time on Sunday.
The government had initially hoped to retake Mosul by the end of 2016 but three months into the U.S.-backed campaign, the militants control the territory to the west of the Tigris that bisects the city from north to south.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in December it would now take another three months to drive the militants out of Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control in Iraq or Syria.
Civilians wounded in the fighting streamed into nearby hospitals and Iraqi forces blamed Islamic State for shooting at fleeing residents and shelling populated areas after losing control of them.
United Nations humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said nearly 700 people had been taken to hospitals in Kurdish-controlled areas outside Mosul in the last week and more than 817 had required hospital treatment a week earlier.
"Trauma casualties remain extremely high, particularly near frontlines," he told reporters in Geneva.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said about 50 wounded patients a day had come into emergency wards in Erbil over the past two weeks, up from 32 a day previously.
BRIDGES BLOWN
Recapturing Mosul after more than two years of Islamic State rule would probably spell the end of the Iraqi side of the group's self-declared caliphate, which spans Iraq and Syria.
But advances inside Mosul slowed in November and December as troops engaged in tough urban warfare with the jihadists, who are thought to number several thousand in the city.
The militants fought back with suicide car bombs and snipers hidden among the civilian population. They have also recently blown up sections of two bridges crossing the Tigris to try to slow the Iraqi advance, military officials say.
Abadi said on Tuesday the destruction of the bridges would not stop Iraqi forces from "liberating ... the people of Mosul".
Elite forces in the city's east and northeast have advanced faster since the turn of the year thanks to new tactics and better coordination but there was stiff resistance in the southeast of Mosul, military officials said.
Lieutenant Colonel Abbas al-Azawi, a spokesman for the Iraqi army's 16th division, said Iraqi forces entered Hadba on Tuesday, a large northeastern district, though it would likely take more than a day to capture as IS was using suicide bombers.
Iraqi counter-terrorism service (CTS) units encircled the nearby Sukkar district on Monday and sought to recapture the strategic Mosul University area. The United Nations has said Islamic State seized nuclear material used for research there when the militant group overran a third of Iraq in 2014.
The CTS and army units want to capture all the eastern bank of the Tigris so they can launch attacks on western Mosul.
Mosul's five bridges across the Tigris had already been partially damaged by U.S.-led air strikes to slow the militants' movement before Islamic State blew up two of them.
Coalition spokesman U.S. Air Force Colonel John Dorrian told Reuters last week the new damage done by retreating IS fighters was "severe" but would not stop the advance.
"Every day the Iraqi Security Forces go forward and every day the enemy goes backward or underground," he told reporters in Erbil in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday.
HUMAN SHIELDS
Fighting in neighborhoods in the southeast of Mosul has been tougher, however, as Iraqi forces push toward the river.
"The challenge is that (IS) are hiding among civilian families, that's why our advances are slow and very cautious," Lieutenant Colonel Abdel Amir al-Mohammedawi, a spokesman for the rapid response units of Iraq's federal police, told Reuters.
He said police and army units had fought their way into the Palestine and Sumer districts over the last day but Islamic State fighters were firing at civilians trying to flee.
"The families, when they see Iraqi forces coming, flee from the areas controlled by Daesh (Islamic State) toward the Iraqi forces, holding up white flags, and Daesh bomb them with mortars and Molotov cocktails, and also shoot at them.
"Whenever they withdraw from a district, they shell it at random, and it's heavy shelling," he said.
Dorrian said militant fighters were hiding in mosques, schools and hospitals, using civilians as human shields.
One resident reached by phone in a recently recaptured district of Mosul said shells had continued to fall near his home, forcing him to move his family to another neighborhood.
"In the 10 days since we were liberated, the bombs haven't stopped. Shells fall every day near the house and we've seen civilians killed and wounded several times," he said, without giving his name.
Another resident said he had heard an Islamic State radio broadcast urging fighters to fire at areas were the civilians remained once the Iraqi army had moved in.
OIL EXPORTS
The number of people driven out of their homes by fighting spiked around the beginning of the new push by Iraqi forces, but has since returned to previous levels, the U.N.'s Laerke said.
Since the offensive started in October, some 135,000 people have been displaced, he said, adding that a non-governmental organization had opened a field hospital east of Mosul to take the strain off hospitals in Erbil, some 60 km (40 miles) away.
In a sign Baghdad is keen to revive parts of its economy hit by Islamic State's expansion more than two years ago, the oil ministry said this week it might resume exports via a pipeline to Turkey through Nineveh province, where Mosul is located.
Relations with Ankara may have to improve first, however.
Abadi said relations "cannot move forward one step" without the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Bashiqa camp near Mosul.
Turkey's military presence in northern Iraq, where its forces have trained Sunni and Kurdish fighters, has been a point of friction between the two regional powers since well before the Mosul campaign began.
Iraq's oil ministry also invited an Angolan oil company to start work at two oil fields close to Mosul, which Islamic State withdrew from months ago, setting oil wells alight as they left.
(Reporting by Stephen Kalin and Girish Gupta in Erbil; John Davison, Ahmed Rasheed and Saif Hameed in Baghdad,; Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; writing by John Davison; editing by David Clarke)



Monday, January 9, 2017

Class on the 9th of January

Today in class we were assigned a current event due on Monday the 16th and worked on two 4321's on Mosul in Iraq.

Class on the 9th through the 13th of January

Today in class we began our final project and received a current event on cabinet appointees.  




You will be creating a comparison of The 45th president’s likely cabinet members against those who are currently serving the 44th president.  From the list below you will choose 12 positions to use for your report.  For Each cabinet member picked you will create a two sided poster with a three paragraph summary of their background and qualifications for the position.  The poster will include an image of the cabinet member at the top followed by the three-paragraph summary.  Your three paragraph summary will include in text citations that will be accompanied by a properly formatted works cited page. 

Chief of staff

Treasury secretary

Secretary of state

Secretary of defense

Attorney general

Commerce secretary

Labor secretary

Health and Human Services secretary

Housing and Urban Development secretary

Transportation secretary

Education secretary

Homeland Security secretary

Interior Secretary

Energy secretary

 Environmental Protection Agency administrator

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

U.S. trade representative

White House counselor

Chief strategist

White House national security adviser


Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

White House communications team

Senior policy adviser to the president for policy

Director, National Economic Council







 












 Environmental Protection Agency administrator

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

U.S. trade representative

White House counselor

Chief strategist

White House national security adviser


Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

White House communications team

Senior policy adviser to the president for policy


Director of National Economic Policy 


Each poster will be individually accessed using the following Rubric.


100-90
89-80
79-70
69-60
59-0
All items in the are thoroughly completed. 

Answers are all in complete sentences.

Answers show complete understanding of the cabinet member.

Student went above and beyond what was expected (analysis & thoroughness).
One part of the assignment may not be thorough enough.

Answers are mostly in complete sentences.

Answers show substantial understanding of the cabinet member, but more analysis could lead to greater understanding.

Student met expectations of activity.
More than half the assignment is completed, but not analyzed thoroughly enough.

Answers show understanding of the cabinet member, but could use more detail, analysis, examples, and/or connections.

More than half the assignment is incomplete.

Answers show limited understanding of the cabinet member and needs greater more detail and or analysis.


Assignment is either dreadfully incomplete or needs significantly more detail and analysis.