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(CNN Student News) -- April 14, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What are some roles that different forms of media play in your life?

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National Library Week

How is your school commemorating National Library Week? What impact have librarians and media specialists had on your education?

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Deficit Plan

What are some of the details of the deficit reduction plan announced by President Barack Obama yesterday? How have some Republicans reacted to President Obama's plan? What is your opinion on this issue?

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What statement did President Obama make in the program with regard to deficit reduction? How do you think that Republican and Democratic lawmakers and the American people will respond to this statement? Explain.

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Do you think that Democrats and Republicans can come to an agreement on deficit reduction? Why or why not? What do you think might be the potential impact if the U.S. government either does or does not reduce the federal deficit?

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Gulf Wildlife Report

According to the program: What did a National Wildlife Federation report say about the health of wildlife along the U.S. Gulf Coast? What factors may have contributed to this rating? How did last year's oil spill affect wildlife there?

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In your opinion, what, if anything, should be done to raise awareness of the challenges facing the Gulf Coast's wildlife?

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According to the segment, what are some species that may be recovering from the oil spill? Why do you think that these species may be recovering while others are still struggling?

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Gas Prices & Politics

According to the segment: What is the current trend in U.S. gas prices? What factors may be causing this trend? How might rising gas prices affect consumers?

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What does an expert say in the program about political leaders' impact on gas prices? What messages are some politicians pushing with regard to rising gas prices? What's your take on this issue?

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Have you noticed gas price increases in your area? How do you think that rising gas prices might affect you and your family, if at all?

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Teens and Music

What link does a new research study suggest may exist between teen depression and listening to music? What do you think might be the reason for the observations made in the study?

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How do listening to music, watching TV and reading each affect your mood? What types of activities do you prefer to engage in when you are feeling sad?

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