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(CNN Student News) -- June 3, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What elements would you include in an iReport about your summer vacation, and why?

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Oil Spill Update

What is known about BP's latest efforts to stop oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico? What do you think that officials might do if this plan does not work?

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According to the report: Where has some of the oil from the Gulf spill reached land? How might weather patterns affect the oil slick in the Gulf?

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What questions would you want to ask officials about their response to the oil slick as it approaches land? Do you think that the oil can be stopped before it reaches more beaches? Why or why not?

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Resignation Announcement

According to the program, why has Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama stepped down?

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What promise did Prime Minister Hatoyama make during his campaign about a U.S. military base in Okinawa? According to the program, why wasn't he able to keep that promise?

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What factors do you think might cause a nation to have a high turnover rate among its heads of state? In your opinion, how might the resignation of a head of state affect a country's citizens? Explain.

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Mars Simulation

According to the segment, what is the purpose of having a group of volunteers spend a year and a half inside a fake spacecraft? What do you think that scientists hope to learn through this simulation?

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What do you think that living conditions will be like on board the fake spacecraft? What challenges do you think that the volunteers will face during this project? Would you want to participate in a similar simulation? Why or why not?

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Why Teach?

What reasons do the teachers seen in the report give for wanting to teach?

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What qualities do you look for in a teacher, and why? How have your teachers influenced your life?

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Do you think that you would be a good teacher? Why or why not?

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