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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:37 PM EDT, Mon August 20, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Use these questions to help students understand today's featured news stories
  • Today's Daily Discussion includes the Media Literacy Question of the Day

(CNN Student News) -- August 21, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How should news organizations approach a story about disputed territory between two nations? What information would be important to include?

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Daily Discussion Questions

Why is an uninhabited island chain at the center of a dispute between China and Japan? What was the reaction in China after a group from Japan landed on these islands? Why do you think this dispute has gone on so long? Can you think of a possible compromise by the two countries regarding these islands? Explain.

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What is the purpose of a political party's platform? How are these platforms developed and adopted? How might the Democratic and Republican party platforms differ? Do you think that the two party platforms will have anything in common? If so, what? If not, why not?

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What policy has changed at the Augusta National Golf Club with regard to membership for women? What do you think were the arguments for and against allowing women to join the club? Do you think that yesterday's announcement will have an impact on the Masters golf tournament? If so, how? If not, why not? How do you think that the public might react to this announcement? Explain.

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What is the historical significance of the USS Constitution? Why do you think the ship is known as "Old Ironsides"? What anniversary did the ship celebrate recently? What could be learned from historical items that might not be learned from written records?

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What did scientists discover through slow-motion photography of wet animals? Why might an animal need to dry quickly? Can you think of other scientific experiments that could be performed using slow-motion photography?

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