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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) -- September 8, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How would you develop a media campaign that tries to improve literacy around the world?

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Quran Controversy

What is the Quran? According to the report: Why is a Florida church planning to burn copies of the Quran? What is your reaction to this plan?

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What message does the church's pastor say that he plans to send through burning the Quran? How have other religious leaders responded to this idea?

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What statement did the U.S. commander in Afghanistan make about burning Qurans? Do you agree or disagree with his statement? Explain your rationale.

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In your opinion, if this event takes place, should news organizations show video of the burning of the Quran? Why or why not?

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International Literacy Day

What is literacy? What proportion of the world's adult population is illiterate? What daily challenges do you think that illiterate adults might face?

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What do you think are some reasons for adult illiteracy? Why do you think that the majority of illiterate adults are women? What ways can you think of to reduce the global illiteracy rate? Explain.

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CEO Principal

How does principal Akihisa Shirota use business principles in running Wada Junior High School? How have some critics reacted to Shirota's ideas? According to Shirota, what impact have his ideas had on the school's test scores?

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How are your experiences in school different from or similar to the experiences seen in the report? In your opinion, could any of the practices seen in the report work in your school? If so, which ones, and why? If not, why not?

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