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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 5:31 PM EDT, Sun May 6, 2012
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(CNN Student News) -- May 7, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What unique elements would you include in a video honoring your favorite teacher? What challenges might you face in telling this teacher's story?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What is the current U.S. unemployment rate? In the report, what do the president and one of his challengers each say about the jobs situation in America? What was your reaction to their statements? Why do you think that the unemployment rate is considered an important economic indicator? What other economic indicators can you think of? How might the status of the U.S. economy influence the upcoming presidential election? Explain.

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According to the segment: What percentage of Japan's energy used to come from nuclear power? How has the Japanese public viewed nuclear power since last year's tsunami? How might Japan be affected by the shutting down of all its nuclear power plants? Can you think of any solutions to this issue? What do you think might be the pros and cons of generating energy using nuclear power versus using other methods (e.g. coal, hydroelectric, solar)? Explain.

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How does the ball featured in today's program generate electricity? What impact do you think this ball might have on the individuals and communities seen in the program? What do you think might be the device's limitations? Can you think of other ways to generate electricity from human power?

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