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CNN Student News - October 22, 2013

October 21, 2013 -- Updated 2256 GMT (0656 HKT)
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(CNN Student News) -- October 22, 2013

Several years after he signed it, President Obama's health care reform law remains a topic of intense debate. In Tuesday's program, CNN Student News explores the history of this law and the controversy surrounding it. Plus, we examine some of the science behind hurricane season, and we consider how smog affects cities in China and Mexico.

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

TRANSCRIPT

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DAILY CURRICULUM

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Media Literacy Question of the Day:

What challenges might the news media face in covering a wide-ranging, controversial piece of legislation? How might they address these challenges?

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

1. health insurance

2. hurricane season

3. smog

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

1. What problems have been associated with the enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? What different perspectives do elected officials have on these problems?

2. When does hurricane season officially end? How does the number of hurricanes so far this year compare to that of previous years?

3. What is unique about the Mexico City hospital building described in today's program?

Discussion Questions:

1. What do you know about the debate over Obamacare? Who do you think might be in favor of this health care reform law? Who do you think might oppose it? What are your thoughts on Obamacare? What do you think are some possible outcomes for the future of this law?

2. Why do you think that meteorologists identify an annual hurricane "season"? What might be the benefits and drawbacks of doing so, if hurricanes can form at any time?

3. Why do you think officials in places like Harbin, China and Mexico City are concerned about smog? How do you think polluted areas could address the issue? What challenges might come with addressing it?

CNN Student News is created by a team of journalists and educators who consider the Common Core State Standards, national standards in different subject areas, and state standards when producing the show and curriculum. We hope you use our free daily materials along with the program, and we welcome your feedback on them.

MAPS

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Asia
Harbin, China

North America
Mexico City

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