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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:17 PM EST, Mon November 5, 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) -- November 6, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What similarities and differences did you see in the video clips of past presidential announcements? What information can you gain from these short clips?

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Daily Discussion Questions

Outside of watching CNN Student News, have you been following the election process? Why or why not? What are U.S. voters deciding today in addition to the presidency? What do you know about the political contests being held in your state or community today?

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What is the Electoral College? At least how many Electoral College votes are needed to win the U.S. presidency? According to the program, why was the Electoral College established? How might presidential political campaigns be different if Congress determined the president? How might campaigns be different if the presidency were determined by popular vote? Of the Electoral College, popular vote, and congressional selection, which method of determining the president would you choose? Explain.

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What possibilities does CNN's John King discuss regarding the Electoral College vote? What information do you think is needed to make predictions about an election?

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What is a referendum? What are some of the state referendums that voters will decide on in this election? Why do you think states allow citizens to vote on some proposed laws but not others?

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