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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:14 PM EST, Mon January 14, 2013
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) -- January 15, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Why are presidential inaugurations widely covered by the media?

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Daily Discussion Questions

Where is Mali? What is the status of a recent conflict in Mali between rebels and government forces? Which side is France supporting? What factors might national governments take into account before sending troops to another country's conflict?

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What travel restrictions has the Cuban government placed on its citizens in the past? What action has Cuba taken recently with regard to these restrictions? Why do you think that Cuba had instituted strict travel policies? Why might the country have changed these policies? What impact might the freedom to travel have on Cuban citizens and the countries they visit? Explain.

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What are the Great Lakes? What is significant about the current water levels of these lakes? How might this fact affect ecosystems and economies in and around the Great Lakes? Do you think that anything could be done to reduce these impacts? If so, what? If not, why not?

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How might this year's presidential inauguration compare and contrast to President Obama's 2009 inauguration? What information might organizers gain from an inauguration rehearsal? What do you think it would be like to experience the inauguration? Would you want to attend this year's inauguration? Why or why not?

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What is neuroscience? How is the scientist in the program trying to get students interested in neuroscience? What experiment did one student design that uses the circuit board seen in the program? Can you think of any other experiments that could be done using this technology?

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