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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

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(CNN Student News) -- December 3, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How have news sources and other forms of media helped you develop your opinion on the war in Afghanistan? Explain.

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War Speech Response

According to the program: Why have some U.S. lawmakers criticized President Barack Obama's plan for the war in Afghanistan? How have officials in the Obama administration responded to these criticisms? With which of these viewpoints, if any, do you agree and why?

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According to the report: How did a pollster divide one focus group when asking its participants to rate President Obama's speech about the war in Afghanistan? What was the focus group's overall response to the speech?

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Which focus group participants seemed to respond more favorably to the president's speech? Why do you think that these participants responded favorably? Were you surprised by this reaction? Why or why not?

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Hollywood On Afghanistan

Who is Robert Greenwald? How does he think that some in Hollywood might react to the Afghanistan troop surge? Do you think that some people might be surprised by this reaction? Why or why not?

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What statement did movie director Michael Moore make regarding President Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan? Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain.

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What impact, if any, do you think that celebrities have on politics and people's opinions of political issues?

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Parents Face Fines

According to the segment, approximately how many tickets does Judge Jerry Hanson issue each year for truancy?

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What new approach has Hanson introduced this school year to address the issue? What is your opinion of this penalty?

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Is truancy a problem at your school? Why or why not? In your opinion, what procedures, if any, could be put in place to reduce truancy at your school?

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