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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Use these questions to help students understand today's featured news stories
  • Today's Daily Discussion includes the Media Literacy Question of the Day
RELATED TOPICS
  • Health Care Issues
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Terrorism
  • Robert Byrd
  • Pirates
  • Kenya

(CNN Student News) -- November 19, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What environmental issues have you seen in the media? In your opinion, which environmental messages are the most effective, and why?

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Afghan Inauguration

According to the program: Which U.S. official is currently visiting Afghanistan? What is the purpose of this visit?

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What do you think might be some of the issues that the United States will raise with Afghan President Hamid Karzai?

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Nuclear Fears

What is the status of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program?

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What plan has an Iranian official proposed for the country's nuclear materials? How do you think that the international community should respond to this proposal? Explain.

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Terror Trial Debate

According to the report: How has U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended his decision to try a group of suspected 9/11 terrorists in a civilian court in New York City? How have lawmakers responded to his decision?

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What do you think might be the implications of Holder's decision for the city of New York, for those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, and for the defendants?

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Congressional History

Who is Robert Byrd? What milestone did he reach yesterday?

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What do you think might be the benefits and drawbacks of an institution that allows for long-standing members?

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Pirate Attacks

What is the Maersk Alabama, and what event did it experience yesterday?

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What image comes to mind when you hear the word "pirate"? How does your concept of a pirate compare with the images of the pirates seen in the program?

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Elephant Orphanage

What are some of the threats that elephants currently face in the wild?

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How does the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust help the elephant population? What challenges does the trust face in caring for these animals?

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What other species can you think of that are threatened with extinction? What are some other ways that these species can be helped

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