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Daily Discussion - May 14, 2013

updated 6:36 PM EDT, Mon May 13, 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 14, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Do the opinions of public figures influence those of the public? If so, to what extent?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What did Pakistani voters say were some important issues in their country's recent election? Who was likely elected as prime minister of Pakistan? How might the fact that he previously led Pakistan have affected his most recent campaign? How does Pakistan select its prime minister? What might be the potential benefits and drawbacks of voting for a party versus voting for a leader?

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Who is Stephen Hawking? Why is he at the center of an international controversy? What did Hawking's supporters and critics say about his boycott? What is your opinion? In your view, should well-known people publicize their opinions on issues outside of the field they're known for? Why or why not?

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What is piracy? Why is piracy a concern off the coast of Somalia? According to the report, how is the African Union dealing with these pirates? Before you watched the segment, how would you have described a pirate? How do you think that description compares and contrasts to the pirates discussed in the video? Explain.

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According to the program, how have some areas of the Earth changed in recent years? How was this research performed? What do you think might be some of the benefits and limitations to this kind of research? How do you think that people could use information gained from this research? Do you think changes in your community would be visible through this technology? Why or why not?

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