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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:48 PM EST, Tue February 19, 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 20, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

When might people in one country be interested in news stories from other countries? What might make a story internationally newsworthy?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What scandal is unfolding in Europe regarding food products? According to the report, what issues does it bring up? Why do you think that some foods that are commonly eaten in one country (or culture) might be considered taboo in others? Would a scandal like this where you live affect your eating habits? Why or why not? What was your reaction to this story?

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According to the program, how often are planes struck by lightning? How do scientists simulate the effects of weather on airplanes? What information do you think scientists get from these simulations? What might be the benefits and drawbacks of using simulations rather than using full-sized planes?

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According to the segment: Why don't scientists know how long it takes some types of plastic to break down? What has Sacramento, California's city council proposed regarding plastic grocery bags? Why? How have some people reacted to this proposal? What do you think grocery stores or plastic bag manufacturers might say about this proposal? When grocery shopping, would you prefer to use plastic bags, paper bags, or bags that you bring in yourself, and why? What might be the potential environmental and economic impacts of each type of bag?

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What might be the benefits and challenges of learning personal finance at a young age? What questions do you have about earning, saving and spending money? How important do you think it is to save money? Would that change depending on your age? Explain.

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