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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 5:44 PM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
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  • 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) -- February 7, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

When does a historic event become newsworthy?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What causes a tsunami? What were the effects of a tsunami that struck the Solomon Islands yesterday? What do you think could be done to protect people from a possible tsunami? Given what you know about fire drills and tornado drills, what do you think might be included in a tsunami drill? Do you think such drills would be effective? Why or why not?

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What change is the U.S. Postal Service planning with regard to delivery? What factors led to this decision by the USPS? What do you think might be the potential advantages and drawbacks of this change in service? Will this change affect you? Why or why not?

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How was the "reconstruction" of Richard III's face performed? What is said in the report about the sculpture's accuracy? Why might someone want to reconstruct the face of a historical figure? What information could be gained from this? What are some other situations in which this process might be useful?

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According to the report, what is the significance of shoe-throwing in the Muslim world? Why do you think that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the target of a shoe-thrower in Egypt? How did authorities react? What is your opinion of this consequence? Do you think that throwing a shoe is an acceptable form of expression? Why or why not?

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