Today students got a chance to deal with more current events before we start our novel next week. We will cover in class a video that explains many key elements of the ISIS situation that has been such a driving piece of the news over the last year. While I cannot include the video, I have posted the lyrics below. The packet which includes a section on vocabulary, key terms, and question and short answer sections will be due completed on Monday.
What is Week in Rap Extra?
It's Flocabulary. We're about to take it back, going in depth. It's a Week in Rap, special edition. We're going in on ISIS, giving you the history.
For awhile we've been dealing with a crisis,
In the Middle East, it's a group called ISIS.
Or the Islamic State, they started in Syria,
Since 2004, they've been causing hysteria.
Their goal is to create an Islamic state,
That's also known as a "caliphate."
And they use violence that's extreme,
And Islam is the way they justify their means.
But hold up, we want to make it known,
ISIS is not something Muslims condone.
The Islamic community at large,
Is anti-ISIS and doesn't want them in charge.
ISIS emerged from al-Qaeda,
When Syria was in a civil war is when they made a move.
In 2014, it really got radical,
The Syrian city of Raqqa became their capital.
It's where the government of ISIS was installed,
With court so they can enforce Sharia law.
ISIS traveled along the Tigris and Euphrates,
Through Syria and Iraq, conquering key cities.
You probably have a question to ask though,
How does ISIS maintain its cash flow?
They get money from oil, that's that black gold,
Plus they heavily tax folks in areas they control.
They steal ancient artifacts that we may never get back,
And demand ransom money for anybody they kidnap.
They use social media to recruit,
Through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
And it works, they have over 20,000 foreigners,
From Spain to Great Britain, and they keep gaining more of them.
In June 2014, they attacked Iraq,
They took Mosul and some other towns and couldn't be stopped.
They had mass executions, regular beheadings,
They mostly kill fellow Muslims, what's the message they're sending?
Why does ISIS kill? They believe the Quran,
Which is the holy book of Islam,
Should be interpreted based on their very strict philosophy.
Anybody who doesn't agree is guilty of apostasy.
Which means abandoning religious belief,
They're terrorists and they murder those who disagree.
Publicly and brutally, and it's sick,
But they want to scare their enemies to give up and quit.
Now their operation has been growing,
So much so that the United States had to go in.
With troops and airtrikes, we have a big role,
But some say it hasn't been successful as a whole.
But either way, there's been a push globally,
To try and drive ISIS back totally.
And in the US, Muslim leaders,
Have begun programs to combat extremists.
Syrians and the Iraqis,
Are both trying to fight back because they want peace.
It's scary how much ISIS has succeeded,
But with knowledge and strategy, we hope they'll be defeated.
This is living history, and it's complex,
But we break it down, stayed tuned for what's next.