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(CNN Student News) -- August 26, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

In your opinion, is it important for media to report on economic trends? Why or why not?

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Chilean Miners

According to the program: How long do officials say that it might take to rescue 33 trapped Chilean miners? What are the miners' living conditions, as described in the report? What challenges do you think that these miners could face while trapped underground?

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According to the report, who have Chilean officials contacted for advice about the miners' situation, and why? In your opinion, how else can officials on the surface help the trapped miners?

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Home sales

According to the report: What caused a recent decline in U.S. home sales? What do some economists predict might need to happen before home sales increase? Why do you think that these two economic indicators might be linked?

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In your opinion, how might the sales of homes affect the overall U.S. economic recovery, and why? Do you think that the government and other institutions should take steps to encourage home sales? Why or why not?

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Cell Phones in School

According to the segment: Why do some schools ban cell phone use during the school day? How have some students responded to these bans? In your opinion, why do some students ignore cell phone bans in school?

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Why did Haverstraw Middle School give out phones to some of its students? What restrictions did the school place on these phones? What do the students and educators seen in the report say about using these cell phones?

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If you could design a mobile device for educational purposes, what features and restrictions would you put into your invention?

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