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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:22 PM EDT, Mon August 27, 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 28, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How might the scenes and backdrop of a national political convention influence the public's perception of a party or candidate?

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Daily Discussion Questions

Where and when is the 2012 Republican National Convention being held? How might hosting a national convention be significant for a city or region? How might a city prepare for such an event?

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According to CNN's Candy Crowley: What are the two main purposes of a convention? Why are conventions important for presidential candidates? What do you think political parties can do to help define their candidates at a political convention? How might speeches at a convention differ from those at campaign stops or political fundraisers? Do you think that undecided voters are influenced by political conventions? If so, how? If not, why not?

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How has the storm Isaac affected the schedule of the Republican National Convention? What other effects has the storm had on the Southeast? How does Isaac's projected path compare to Hurricane Katrina's? Why was the gate featured in the program built? Can you think of other ways in which communities along the coast might have adjusted disaster plans after Katrina? Explain.

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Approximately how many earthquakes struck Southern California on Sunday? What was the magnitude of the strongest quake? How might people who live in earthquake-prone areas prepare for the possibility of major and minor tremors?

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According to the program, what is the purpose of a new children's book in Portugal? Why does this book have two sides? If you were to write a children's book about a current issue, what issue would you choose to write about, and why? What do you think might be the challenges of introducing children to your topic?

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How would you describe Kliptown, South Africa? How does Thulani Madondo try to help the children of Kliptown? What challenges do you think he faces in doing so? How might Kliptown's children benefit from Madondo's efforts? Explain.

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