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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:20 PM EDT, Tue August 21, 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 22, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What makes stories about athletic attempts or achievements newsworthy?

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Daily Discussion Questions

Why has the U.S. Coast Guard closed part of the Mississippi River? How has traffic on the river been affected by this closure? What might be the impact of this closure on the local and national economy?

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Why did Diana Nyad stop her swim from Cuba to Florida? How far did she get? According to the program, what challenges did Nyad face in the water? If you could interview Nyad before and after her swim, what questions would you ask her?

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What accomplishment did 14-year-old swimmer Annaleise Carr make recently? Why did she take on this challenge? How might swimming long distances in a lake compare and contrast to swimming in the ocean?

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According to the program: What accomplishments might indicate that President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are each qualified to be president? What have critics said about these two candidates? What qualities are you looking for in the next president of the United States? Do either (or both) of these men meet your criteria? Explain.

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How did a car accident a decade ago affect University of Texas track and field coach Beverly Kearney? How did Kearney react to this accident? What qualities do you think allowed Kearney to persevere despite the challenges she faced? What did you think about the way she faced these challenges?

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