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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 7:11 PM EST, Mon December 3, 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) -- December 4, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Should journalists express their opinions about controversial issues? What might be the potential implications of a reporter doing this?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What did sportscaster Bob Costas do that caused some controversy? How did some people respond to Costas? What is your opinion?

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What is the "fiscal cliff"? How could Rock Island, Illinois (the town featured in the report) potentially be affected by the fiscal cliff? If Congress and the president don't reach a deal on the fiscal cliff, do you think your community would be affected? If so, how? If not, why not?

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According to the report, about how many text messages are sent each day in the United States? Why do you think that texting has become a common form of communication? What would you say are the benefits and limitations of communicating through text messages? Do you text? If so, what are some reasons you might choose to communicate via texting versus other methods?

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What were some of the causes championed by the CNN Heroes finalists? What might have factored in to the selection of these individuals? How do you define the word "hero"? Who are some of your personal heroes? Explain.

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