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(CNN Student News) -- December 2, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What is an advocacy ad? Why are advocacy ads produced, and by whom? Can you think of an example of an advocacy ad that made an impression on you? Why do you think that it was effective?

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Debt Reduction

According to the program: Approximately how much is the U.S. government in debt? Whom did President Obama appoint to look at ways of reducing this debt? What are some of the commission's recommendations?

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Do these recommendations have to be carried out? Explain. According to the program, who might be opposed to some of these recommendations, and why?

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Do you think that it is important to reduce the national debt? Why or why not? If you could talk with your congressional representative, what ideas would you have for addressing the debt?

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Drilling Ban

What decision has the Obama administration reached regarding new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico? For how long will this ban be in effect? What event prompted this decision? Who is opposed to this ban, and why?

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What is your opinion on offshore drilling and this ban? State your rationale.

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Simulators Get Real

What is a simulator? What requirement did the simulators seen in the video have to meet in order to be at the exhibition?

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What were some of the simulators at the exhibition? What different experience is each machine designed to replicate? According to the video: What are some of the potential benefits of simulator training? What are some of the downsides?

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Have you ever used a simulator to train or build your skills in an area? Explain. How would you rate the simulator experience?

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Can you think of any other ways to use simulators to help people train for specific tasks? Explain.

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