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(CNN Student News) -- December 15, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How do you think that a journalist can ensure that his or her reporting reflects the reality of the situation being covered? In your opinion, what steps can news audiences take to verify information that they see in a news report?

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Bill of Rights

What historic document became law on this day in 1791? What is the purpose of the Bill of Rights? Do you think that it is important for a government to establish rights for its citizens?

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What do you think that America would look like today if the Founding Fathers had not created the Bill of Rights? Explain.

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Dangerous Valley

According to the report, what is the significance of the Arghandab valley? Based on the information in the report, who do you think currently controls Arghandab?

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As seen in the report: What incident occurs as CNN's Nic Robertson goes on patrol with U.S. troops? How do the troops react to the incident? Why do you think that they react in this manner?

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According to U.S. Army Colonel Roger Lemons, what factors are important for maintaining security in Arghandab? What does Lemons say about the security situation in the region? How do you think that Lemons determines where his troops "can have the most effect"?

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According to the report, what evidence exists that the Taliban still have influence in Arghandab? Why do you think that the Taliban there are more active at night than during the day? Why do you think that they disable the area's cell phone towers?

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Internet Debate

What new laws regarding the internet are being considered by Venezuela's lawmakers? What do supporters and critics say about these proposals?

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What do you think might be the advantages and disadvantages of restricting the internet, both for Venezuela's government and its people?

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The "Snobot"

What is the purpose of the "snobot" featured in the segment? How does this technology work?

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What do the snobot's designers say could be some advantages of using this machine? What evidence do they give that people would want to buy a robotic snowblower? Do you think that a robotic snowblower would be a profitable idea? Why or why not?

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What problems did the snobot encounter in the video? What modifications do you think that the snobot might need?

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What are some household tasks that are currently automated? What other household uses can you think of for robots? Do you think that using robots for these types of tasks will become common in the near future? Explain.

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