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(CNN Student News) -- October 14, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Why do you think that the story of the Chilean miners' rescue received international attention? In your opinion, what can turn a local or national story into a global news event?

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Chile Mine Rescue/Timeline of Events

What details are known about the rescue of dozens of miners in Chile? What do you think were the dangers related to their rescue? Explain.

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What do you think that scientists, mining experts and others can learn from these miners' ordeal? Do you think that the lessons learned from this event might make it less likely for a similar accident to occur? Why or why not?

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What do think are the working conditions for miners? What are the dangers inherent to this profession? Do you think that you would want to be a miner? Why or why not?

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Images from the Rescue

How do the images seen in the report convey the experience of being rescued? What parts of the experience do you think might not be captured well through video, and why?

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What do you think was going through the miners' minds as they were being pulled up to the surface? What emotions do you think were felt by family members who were waiting on the surface?

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Health Concerns

According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta: What are some of the medical concerns that could arise during the rescue? How does he characterize the appearance of the miners in terms of their health? To what does Gupta attribute this?

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What kinds of medical needs do you think that some of the miners may require after their rescue? What kinds of medical experts do you think will be involved in their care?

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Global Reaction

According to the report, why did Chile's president invite the press to cover the rescue live? Do you agree or disagree with his decision? Explain.

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According to the program, how have people around the world reacted to this story? What was your reaction when you first heard that some of the miners had been rescued? Do you think that, as Mike Rowe says, this is an event that you "aren't going to forget watching"? Why or why not?

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