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(CNN Student News) -- May 16, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What is a slogan? Why do you think that some organizations use slogans in their media campaigns?

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Severe Flooding

What is a spillway? Why have officials opened some of the gates on the Morganza Spillway?

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According to the report, how might some areas benefit and others be harmed by the opening of the Morganza Spillway? What criteria do you think factored into the decision to open this spillway?

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What does the Louisiana resident say in the report about the opening of the spillway? In your opinion, how should officials respond to her and other residents affected by this decision? What, if anything, do you think that authorities could have done to help residents prepare for the effects of the spillway's opening? Explain.

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2012 Election

What steps may be involved in running for president, as described in today's program?

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Who are some 2012 presidential candidates who have already announced their decisions to run for president? In your opinion, what might be the potential pros and cons of announcing this decision earlier in the process rather than later?

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What is an exploratory committee? What kinds of information do you think that exploratory committees might gather for potential candidates?

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Peace Corps at 50

What is the Peace Corps? Why do you think that the Peace Corps adopted the slogan "The toughest job you'll ever love"?

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According to the segment: What are some of the types of projects that Peace Corps volunteers work on? What tangible benefits do these volunteers receive?

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What do you think are the living and working conditions for a Peace Corps volunteer in the field? Do you think that you would want to join the Peace Corps? Why or why not?

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In your opinion, what might be the potential benefits and drawbacks of having volunteers serve in another country, both for the sending and receiving countries?

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Celebrating Civil Rights

What baseball barrier did Jackie Robinson break in 1947? According to the report, what were some restrictions placed on African-American players before the civil rights movement? Why do you think that professional baseball may have allowed black and white players to play together while parts of American society were still segregated?

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What did baseball hall of famer Hank Aaron say in the segment about Jackie Robinson's influence on African-American baseball players? How did Robinson influence Aaron's demeanor off the field?

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What athletes, if any, do you and your peers look up to? Why do you think that some athletes are perceived as role models? In your opinion, what qualities might some athletes possess that could send a beneficial message to young people?

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