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(CNN Student News) -- May 9, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How do you think that you could use different forms of media in a job search?

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Severe Flooding

According to the report: What states are being affected by flooding along the Mississippi River? How high does the U.S. National Weather Service expect the river to be when it crests on Tuesday?

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How have some communities responded to the flooding? What do you think that people could do to prevent their homes from flooding? If you had to evacuate your home in the face of a flood, what items would you take with you, and why?

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Unemployment Report

What does the U.S. unemployment rate measure? According to the program, why might some economists say that a rise in the unemployment rate could be a positive economic indicator? How might some economists argue the opposite point of view?

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What resources do you think might be available for an unemployed person to learn about fields that are experiencing job growth? How do you think that a person looking for work might use this information?

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Class of 9/11

Where was President George W. Bush when he was told about the 9/11 terrorist attacks? According to the segment, how did this event affect the students who were with former President Bush at that time?

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If you had been in the room with the president when he heard the news about the attacks, what would you have wanted him to say or do first? Explain.

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How did the 9/11 attacks affect your life?

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Price$ at the Pump

According to the program: What factors contribute to U.S. gas prices? Which of these factors has been increasing in price recently?

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According to the segment: Why do some people invest in oil? What impact might speculating on the future of oil have on its price? What kinds of world events might drive the price of oil up or down?

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What do you think is meant by the term "gouging"? What example does CNN's Ali Velshi give of gas price gouging? In your opinion, what, if anything, should be done to regulate price gouging?

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