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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:30 PM EST, Wed January 16, 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 17, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Do news reports involving food products and obesity influence viewers' food choices? If so, how? If not, why not?

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Daily Discussion Questions

According to the report: What announcement did President Obama make yesterday with regard to gun violence? What is the focus of some of his executive orders, and what actions does he want Congress to take? How has the National Rifle Association responded to these proposals? What is your opinion?

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According to the segment: How does an ad campaign by the Coca-Cola company address the issue of obesity? How much sugar is in a can of Coke? Why do you think that while Americans are consuming fewer calories from sugary drinks, obesity rates continue to climb? What do you think could be done to address the issue of obesity?

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According to the program: What unique characteristic of the flu virus leads researchers to develop different flu vaccines each year? How is one laboratory addressing this issue? What do you think might be the potential advantages of a "universal" flu vaccine? Can you think of any potential disadvantages? What do you think might be the challenges of developing such a vaccine?

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What do you think is responsible for low attendance at some professional basketball games? How are teams trying to improve attendance at these games? Do you think that these strategies will work? What influences your decision whether to attend a sporting event?

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