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(CNN Student News) -- May 4, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

When officials need to convey an emergency message, how might the distance that the message needs to travel affect the type of media that is used to deliver it?

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Gulf Oil Spill/Oil Spill Explainer

Who has offered to pay for the clean-up operation in the Gulf of Mexico?

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How many gallons of oil are leaking into the Gulf of Mexico every day? What method could you use to understand this volume?

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According to the program, in what ways are officials fighting this oil leak? What challenges do you think that they might face in trying to stop the spread of oil?

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According to the program: What is the purpose of a blowout preventer (BOP)? How does a ram BOP work? What has been the outcome of efforts to activate the BOP at this oil leak?

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What methods did BP consider to stop this leak? Which method did BP choose? What criteria do you think that BP used in choosing this method? Can you think of other ways that BP might try to stop this leak? Explain.

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Proposed Airline Merger

What two airlines announced plans for a merger yesterday? What are the potential implications of this merger?

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Why do you think that the federal government has the authority to approve or reject corporate mergers? Who do you think might support or oppose this merger? Explain.

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U.N. Nuclear Summit

According to the report: Why did Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad travel to New York recently? What statements did he make during a speech at the United Nations? How did some U.N. delegates react to his speech?

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How do you think that U.S. and Israeli leaders would respond to Ahmadinejad's speech? Do you think that his appearance at the U.N. will affect the relationship between Iran and the international community? If so, how? If not, why not?

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