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(CNN Student News) -- May 4, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How could you use different types of media to show your appreciation for teachers?

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Osama bin Laden

What details have been revealed about the circumstances surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden? What questions do you have about this event?

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How have people in your community reacted to the news of bin Laden's death?

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As seen in the program, who were some of the people in the room watching the raid on the compound where bin Laden was staying? What role do you think that these people may have played in the raid and its aftermath?

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Levee Breach

What is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? Why did this unit blow up a levee along the Mississippi River? How did some Missouri residents react to this decision?

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What did the Army Corps regional commander say in the program about the impact of blowing up the levee? What risks and benefits do you think were assessed before the Corps of Engineers decided to take this action?

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In your opinion, who should be responsible for helping residents whose lands were intentionally flooded by this action? Explain your rationale.

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No Grade Levels?

According to the segment, what is "standards based learning"? What do supporters say in the segment about this learning program? What concerns did some parents raise with regard to the standards based learning program?

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According to the report: How many schools have tried standards based learning? What percentage of schools canceled the program? What factors do you think may have influenced whether a school was successful with this program or not?

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What do you think might be the benefits and drawbacks of using standards based learning in a classroom? What is your opinion of this type of learning program? Do you think that this type of program would work at your school? Why or why not?

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