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CNN Student News - January 13, 2014

updated 7:48 PM EST, Sun January 12, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

(CNN Student News) -- January 13, 2014

Monday's show catches you up on some major stories that made headlines over the weekend, from the passing of a former Israeli leader to the anniversary of a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. We'll also cover the latest U.S. jobs numbers, which disappointed many economists, and we'll look into the season-long suspension of a baseball superstar.

On this page you will find today's show Transcript, the Daily Curriculum, and a place for you to leave feedback.

TRANSCRIPT

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DAILY CURRICULUM

Click here for a printable version of the Daily Curriculum (PDF).

Media Literacy Question of the Day:

If you were producing a story looking back on the anniversary of a natural disaster, what would your focus be? What elements would you include in your story?

Key Concepts: Identify or explain these subjects you heard about in today's show:

1. Haiti

2. economic indicator

3. arbitrator

Fast Facts: How well were you listening to today's program?

1. Who was Ariel Sharon? According to the video: How would his supporters describe him? How would his critics characterize him?

2. According to the federal government, what is the current U.S. unemployment rate? What is this number based on? Who is not counted in this number?

3. What natural disaster took place in Haiti four years ago?

4. According to the report: What "dishonorable distinction" has Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez just acquired? Why? How did Rodriguez respond to this announcement?

Discussion Questions:

1. What do you know about the conflict in the Middle East? How are ripple effects of this conflict felt in other places around the world? Why do you think that this conflict is significant to many outside that region?

2. In the video, we hear one economist describe the current state of the U.S. economy as a "frustrating situation." Why does he believe this is so? What do you think is the best way to promote job growth? Should there be more government action, or should government get out of the way? Discuss.

3. What do you think about the 162-game suspension given to Alex Rodriguez for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs? What is your opinion of the use of illegal PEDs in professional sports? To what extent do you think that athletes should be penalized for the use of PEDs?

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