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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 12, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What is the difference between a hard news story and a feature story? Identify some hard news and feature stories that you have seen recently. Can you think of any stories that might be considered both hard news and feature? Explain.

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Executive Agenda

What countries is President Barack Obama planning to visit on his trip to Asia? According to the program, what are some of the goals of this trip?

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In your opinion, how might President Obama's trip impact the relationship between the U.S. and the countries that he is visiting?

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According to the report, what does recent poll data indicate about Americans' opinions on sending more troops to Afghanistan?

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In your opinion, what weight, if any, should public opinion play in the president's decision on whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan?

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What do you think are the biggest issues facing President Obama today, and why?

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Unsung Hero

Who was Pervaiz Mahsi? Why is he being hailed as a hero in Pakistan?

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Do you think that Mahsi is a hero? Explain.

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As seen in the report, what were Mahsi and his family's living conditions?

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What short-term and long-term challenges do you think that Mahsi's family faces?

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In your opinion, how might news stories about a person or group of people affect their lives?

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Together at Last

What is segregation?

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What do people from Macon, Georgia's high school class of 1959 say in the report about life under segregation?

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Why did members of the city's 1959 graduating classes decide to hold a desegregated 50th reunion?

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In your opinion, how might life have been different for the class of 1959 if they had attended desegregated schools?

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