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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:24 PM EST, Tue February 12, 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) -- February 13, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

When several news organizations are covering the same event (such as a State of the Union address), what could one of them do to make its coverage stand out?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What is the purpose of a State of the Union address? What did President Obama discuss in last night's address? What is the purpose of the opposite party's response to the president's address? What did Republican Sen. Marco Rubio discuss in his speech? Do you think that the media give equal weight to the president's address and the opposite party's response? How should they cover these two speeches?

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What reason did North Korea's government give for conducting a nuclear test? Why do you think the country broke U.N. rules to carry it out? How has the international community reacted to a North Korean nuclear test? Why do you think that the international community is concerned about North Korea's nuclear program? Why might it be concerned about some countries' nuclear programs but not others?

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Why did a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico lose engine power? How has this situation affected life aboard the ship? What do you think that people on the ship are doing to cope with the situation? How is the cruise line planning to address this situation? What do you think that passengers might say about the cruise line's response?

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What information about cancer is included in today's program? What does it mean when cancer is in remission? What might contribute to remission? What kind of cancer did CNN producer James Curry have? What does Curry say about his cancer diagnosis and treatment? If you could interview a cancer patient, what questions would you ask? Are there any questions you would avoid when interviewing a cancer patient? Explain.

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