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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 15, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What do you think is the purpose of the images that are seen in a news report? Why do you think that a producer or journalist might select a specific image for a report?

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President Back to School Message

What advice did President Barack Obama give to America's students in his annual back-to-school address yesterday? What impact, if any, do you think that the president's speech might have on the students who watched it?

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If you were interviewing the president about education issues, what questions would you ask him, and why?

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Do you think that the American president serves as an effective role model for students? Why or why not? What other prominent figures can you think of that could serve as a role model for you and your peers?

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French Ban

What is a burqa? Why do you think that some French lawmakers say that certain veils, including burqas, deny equality?

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According to the program: What proportion of the French population is in favor of the burqa ban? What concern has a French council raised about the ban? Why do you think that this ban is popular in France?

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What is your opinion of the burqa ban? Can you think of any other types of clothing that might be subject to a ban? Explain.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

What is Hispanic Heritage Month? When is it celebrated?

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What ways can you think of in which Americans from Spanish-speaking countries have contributed to American society?

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In your opinion, what impact, if any, might national recognition through a heritage month have on an ethnic group?

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Aliens of the Deep

What does Claire Nouvian say in the segment was the inspiration for her book "The Deep"? Where does Nouvian say that "alien life" has been discovered? What do you think is her definition of alien life?

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What is your reaction to the images of deep sea life seen in the program? What skills do you think might be required to take these kinds of images?

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Why does Nouvian say that she prefers studying life underwater to studying the sky? Do you agree with her assessment? Why or why not?

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