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  • Use these questions to help students understand today's featured news stories
  • Today's Daily Discussion includes the Media Literacy Question of the Day
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(CNN Student News) -- November 4, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What forms of media do you use to get information? Do you think that these forms of media are as popular among older generations as they are among your age group? How might you teach an older member of your family to use the same types of media that you use?

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Off-Year Elections

What are some of the local elections that were held around America yesterday?

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According to the report, what might be the significance of these elections?

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Why do you think that people may choose to run for elected office? Would you ever want to run for political office? Why or why not?

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Philadelphia Transit Strike

According to the report: Why are thousands of Philadelphia transit workers on strike? What might be the impact of this strike on commuters?

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In your opinion, how might a transit strike affect the local economy of a city, if at all?

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Troops Await Decision

According to the report, what option is President Barack Obama considering regarding the conflict in Afghanistan?

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What opinions do the soldiers featured in the report express regarding the deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan?

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Do you think that President Obama should consider the opinions of soldiers serving in Afghanistan when making decisions regarding strategies and troop levels in that country? Why or why not?

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Never Too Old to Learn

Who is Edward Guest? Why is he working toward a college degree?

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In your opinion, what lessons might younger generations learn from Guest and his pursuit of a college degree?

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Lost Diamond Ring

What does Elizabeth Olson think happened to her diamond anniversary ring? How did Olson and her husband use local news media to try and recover her lost ring?

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Can you think of other ways that news broadcasts might be used to benefit their audience?

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