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CNN Student News - December 5, 2013

December 4, 2013 -- Updated 2349 GMT (0749 HKT)
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(CNN Student News) -- December 5, 2013

Which former Soviet republic finds itself at a crossroads between Western Europe and Russia? How might a major American city's bankruptcy affect current and retired employees? Why do some animal activists want certain human rights extended to another species? CNN Student News explores the answers in Thursday's program.

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:

Why might it be important for a journalist to seek multiple perspectives on a controversial story?

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

1. Soviet Union

2. bankruptcy

3. habeas corpus

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

1. How did Ukraine become an independent country? What was it a part of before its independence? Why is Ukraine divided politically?

2. What are some reasons why the city of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy? According to the report: What might be some effects of Detroit's bankruptcy declaration? What could happen if the city does not declare bankruptcy?

3. How are chimpanzees classified: as monkeys, apes or lemurs?

Discussion Questions:

1. Is protesting an effective form of influencing political change? Why or why not? What diplomatic solutions do you think could be sought in a nation like Ukraine?

2. What do you think might be the short-term and long-term benefits and drawbacks of a city declaring bankruptcy? Do you think Detroit will regain its former status as an important American manufacturing center? Why or why not? Do you think the city should declare bankruptcy? Explain.

3. Would you define a chimpanzee as a "person"? Why or why not? Do you think that chimpanzees should have some of the same rights as humans? What might be some of the pros and cons of such a designation? Could such a debate apply to other animals? Explain.

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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Europe
Ukraine

North America
Detroit, Michigan

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