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(CNN Student News) -- March 16, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

In your opinion, what are some ways that journalists can break down complex scientific information for their audience?

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Disaster in Japan

According to the program: What concerns have been raised with regard to a nuclear power plant in Japan? How does this power plant work?

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Based on the information in the segment: What are some sources of man-made and natural radiation? How does exposure to these sources of radiation compare to the amount of radiation that Americans are typically exposed to in a year? How do you think that scientists and officials might use this information in the scenario currently facing some of Japan's workers and residents who live near this nuclear plant?

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Treating the Survivors

As described in the segment: What happened to Iyabashi during Japan's earthquake and tsunami? What has been the impact of this incident on Iyabashi? What does Iyabashi say about his situation? What do you think might be Iyabashi's priorities in the wake of the disaster?

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What is triage? Why do you think that medical facilities triage patients? What do you think might happen to patients after they have been categorized?

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What resources do you think that a hospital might need in order to treat victims of a natural disaster?

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Bahrain State of Emergency

Why has Bahrain's king declared a state of emergency? How long is the state of emergency expected to last? In your opinion, what might be the potential impact, if any, of this declaration on anti-government protests there?

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How have some of Bahrain's neighbor countries responded to the situation there? Why do you think that these nations might be willing to get involved?

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Ads in School?

What information is currently displayed on video boards at several Toronto-area schools? How were some officials planning to expand this program? What was the result of a recent vote on expanding the program? According to the report, what did supporters and critics say about this program?

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Do you think that students in your school would use the educational information provided on these types of video boards? How do you think that students in your school might react if advertisements also appeared on these boards? Explain.

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In your opinion, should advertising be included in educational materials? If so, what criteria should be used to determine the kinds of ads that are permissible? If not, why not?

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