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CNN Student News -- April 18, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How do you think that some advertisers might use different forms of media to encourage people to buy their products?

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Storm-Struck South

According to the program: What states were affected by a storm system in the Southeast? What conditions helped cause these storms? What impact did these storms have on residents across the Southeast?

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How do you think that you could prepare for the type of severe weather seen in the segment? What short-term and long-term needs do you think that victims of these storms might have?

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Honoring Victims

What do you know about the shooting that took place at Virginia Tech University four years ago? How did some people recently honor the victims of the shooting? What did some people say in the report about these events?

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What do you think might be the potential benefits of memorial services for the people who organize or attend them? What are some elements that you might include if you were organizing a memorial service to honor someone?

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Only One Option

According to the report, why has a Chicago elementary school banned most bagged lunches? How have some critics responded to this ban? What is your opinion of this ban?

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How do you think that the rule featured in the report might affect the school's students? What do you think might be the pros and cons of bringing lunch from home versus eating a school lunch? Explain.

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In your opinion, how might you and your peers react if a similar ban on bagged lunches was established at your school? Do you think that students at your school would make healthier choices if school food were the only food available? Explain.

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Beware of the $ale

What is a markup? What does the marketing expert featured in the report say about how markups are used in some sale strategies? What is your opinion of this type of strategy?

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What are some reasons given in the report for what might motivate some people to buy a product? In your opinion, how might you determine whether or not a sale is a good deal?

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What factors do you think might motivate you to purchase items? In your opinion, what role, if any, could a budget play with regard to your purchases?

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