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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

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 Policy
  • China
  • Swine Flu
  • Israel
  • Palestine

(CNN Student News) -- November 23, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What are some of the positive news stories that you have heard or seen? Do you think that positive news stories have a place in news coverage? Why or why not?

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Health Care Debate

What was the significance of the vote on the U.S. Senate's health care reform bill Saturday night?

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According to the report: How did the Republicans try to stop the Democrats' bill from moving forward? Why did the last two Democratic Senators vote for debate on the bill? Do these two Democrats favor the bill? Explain. What is each side now saying about this health care bill?

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What are the next steps for this health care reform bill?

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If you were a senator, would you have voted to open debate on the health care reform bill? Why or why not?

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China Mine Tragedy

According to the program, what do Chinese officials say might be the cause of a deadly coal mine explosion that took place Saturday morning?

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What factors are making rescue efforts difficult?

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Middle East Violence

According to the program, what actions have Israelis and Hamas taken recently with regard to Gaza? What does each side say regarding the reasons for its actions?

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Put yourself in the place of a representative of the international community who is trying to bring peace to the Middle East. What ideas would you offer to stop the conflict there?

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Santa and the Flu

According to the program, why does Santa Claus think he should be given the H1N1 vaccine? How have some health officials responded to this request?

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What is this mall doing to prevent Santa and the children from getting sick? What do you think could be the consequences if Santa were to contract H1N1?

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In your opinion, what groups should be given priority for the H1N1 vaccine? Why do you think that these groups should be given priority?

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