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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 22, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What questions do you think that journalists should ask before selecting video or images for use in a news story?

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Medal of Honor

Why was the Medal of Honor awarded to Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger? According to the program, why did it take so long for his bravery to be recognized?

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In what additional ways do you think Americans should honor military heroism?

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Great Salmon Debate

What action is the FDA considering with regard to a type of salmon? How is this food product different from salmon already on the market?

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According to the report: What does the company that created genetically-engineered salmon say could be its benefits? What concerns have some critics raised?

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Do you think that you would want to consume genetically modified foods? Why or why not?

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Can you think of any ways that genetic engineering might be used to benefit society? Explain. In your opinion, are there any drawbacks to this technology? State your rationale.

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Distracted Driving Summit

According to the program: What was the purpose of a meeting held by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood? What new rules did Secretary LaHood announce during the meeting? Why do you think that he has made this issue a priority?

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What do you think might be the risks of texting while driving? Given the risks, why do you think that some people text while they drive?

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Do you think people should be allowed to text while they drive? What do you think should be the consequences, if any, for a person who illegally sends text messages while driving?

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After the Oil

According to the segment: How has this year's Alabama Coastal Cleanup been affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? What directions have cleanup volunteers been given regarding oil on the beaches?

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What do the people seen in the report say about the benefits of this cleanup effort? What qualities do you think that people who lead these kinds of projects might possess?

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What issue in your community do you think could be addressed through a volunteer project like the one seen in the program? What resources do you think that this project might require?

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