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Daily Discussion - May 13, 2013

updated 5:13 PM EDT, Sun May 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) -- May 13, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What might be the challenges of promoting a cause in a country where relatively few people have Internet access?

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Daily Discussion Questions

According to the report, what do Turkey and Syria each say about recent violence in a Turkish town on Syria's border? How do you think that countries bordering a nation at civil war might be impacted by that conflict? In your view, what, if anything, could be done to lessen these impacts?

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What has a Guatemalan court ruled regarding a former Guatemalan leader? Why is his conviction significant? What do you think might be the challenges of putting a former leader on trial in his or her home country? Explain.

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What is the primary function of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? Why is the IRS being criticized over the way it handled some applications for tax-exempt status in recent years? Why is this significant? How did one IRS official respond to this criticism? What changes do you think the IRS might make to try to avoid this from happening in the future?

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According to the program: What is threatening Florida's orange crop? What do people in the report say about this threat? What do you think might be the potential impact of the loss of this crop on you, the farmers, Florida's economy, and the United States as a whole?

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What does Sara, the girl featured in the report from Sierra Leone, say about the education of women in her country? According to the report, what are some of the challenges that Sierra Leone's women face in trying to get an education? Why do you think that Sara uses radio broadcasts to deliver her message? What information do you think she might include in her broadcasts to encourage women to pursue an education?

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