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Daily Discussion - May 22, 2013

updated 6:41 PM EDT, Tue May 21, 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 22, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How might media coverage impact recovery efforts in the wake of a natural disaster?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What is known about a major tornado that struck part of Oklahoma on Monday? What are your thoughts on this tragedy?

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What priorities might people have when a tornado warning or emergency is announced in their area? Is the place where you live prone to natural disasters? If so, what kinds? What do you know about your community's emergency plans for a natural disaster? How would you handle this kind of emergency if you were at home?

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What emotional responses to this tornado did you observe in today's show? What kinds of resources might be most helpful to emotional distress?

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What perspective does CNN's Chris Cuomo have on the tornado damage? How do rescue workers search for people in storm wreckage? Why do you think they use dogs for this work instead of other animals?

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How does CNN's Tom Foreman describe some of the areas devastated by the tornado? What information might be obtained from comparing images taken before and after the storm? What might be the benefits and limitations of observing aerial images versus observing the damage from the ground? Do you think that both perspectives offer a complete picture? Why or why not?

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What is known about the strength of the large tornado that struck parts of Oklahoma? How do you think that this estimate was determined? Why do you think scientists develop scales to measure natural disasters? What does CNN's Chad Myers say about the conditions that sometimes cause tornadoes in the U.S.?

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What has been some of the national response to the damage in Oklahoma? What kind of needs do you think people affected by the tornado might have? What kinds of organizations might be able to meet these needs? What could you do to help people affected by natural disasters in Oklahoma and other parts of the country?

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