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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 16, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

In your opinion, how might a media campaign that is run by a grassroots organization differ from one that is run by a national organization?

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Primary Results

Who are Christine O'Donnell and Carl Paladino? What political movement supports O'Donnell and Paladino?

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According to the program, why were some people surprised by these candidates' primary election victories? How do you think that voters might respond to these candidates in the general election in November?

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Researching the Gulf

According to the segment: Where has a research team discovered oil in the Gulf of Mexico? Why does the researcher featured in the report believe that this oil comes from the Deepwater Horizon spill? Why are some other scientists questioning those conclusions? How is the first group of scientists planning to confirm its findings?

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According to the program, what might be the implications of this oil for local wildlife? What, if anything, do you think could be done to minimize the impact of this oil on wildlife?

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If this oil is connected to the Deepwater Horizon spill, what actions, if any, do you think that officials involved in the spill should take next, and why?

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Trophy Forfeit

What is the Heisman Trophy? Why is Reggie Bush returning his Heisman? What program has Bush proposed for student-athletes?

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Do you think that Bush should give his trophy back? Why or why not?

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Do you think that sports figures have a responsibility to serve as role models for young people? Why or why not?

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A Perfect Score

What is the ACT? What is a perfect score on the ACT? What proportion of high school seniors earned a perfect score on this test last year?

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According to the report: What were the circumstances surrounding Jolee Potts' perfect ACT score? What other accomplishments has she achieved?

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In your opinion, what role does preparation play in taking tests? How do you think that Potts may have prepared for the ACT?

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Do you think that some people have a natural ability to perform well on tests? Why or why not?

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