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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

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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) -- August 18, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How would you use media to try to explain the value of large amounts of money (e.g., the $900 billion mentioned in today's program)?

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Oil Spill Investigation

According to the report: What are phytoplankton? What did some scientists find in their study of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Mexico?

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What do these scientists and the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration each say in the segment about the impact of oil on the Gulf's ecosystem? What is your reaction to these statements?

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What criteria, if any, would you use to determine if food from the Gulf is safe enough for you to eat? Explain your rationale.

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Cost of Cancer

What is cancer? According to the segment, what is the annual global economic impact of cancer?

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How do you think that this study's authors were able to estimate the amount of money that is lost from this disease?

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In your opinion, how might policy makers, non-profit organizations and others use the information from this study? Explain.

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A Stunt Pilot's Flight

What are aerobatics? What aerobatics are seen in the program? What is your impression of these stunts?

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What do you think might be the dangers of performing aerobatics, both for the pilots and others? What safety measures do you think that aerobatic pilots might use to lessen the chance of these dangers?

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What resources, training and experience do you think might be necessary in order to become either an aerobatic pilot or an aeronautical engineer that designs stunt planes? Explain.

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