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CNN Student News - December 17, 2013

December 16, 2013 -- Updated 2356 GMT (0756 HKT)
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(CNN Student News) -- December 17, 2013

Making headlines on CNN Student News today: flooding in Gaza, a ruling against NSA spying, CTE in a former Major Leaguer, and a robotics purchase by an Internet company. We also include a character study that's emblematic of the Christmas season.

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:

Are viewers influenced by news stories about a person's good deeds? If so, to what extent? If not, why not?

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

1. Gaza

2. CTE

3. layaway

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

1. Describe the current situation in Gaza. How has a natural disaster impacted people in the region?

2. Who was Ryan Freel? What implications might Freel's CTE diagnosis have for other athletes?

3. What did a judge recently rule regarding the NSA's secret collection of Americans' phone data? Why is this significant?

Discussion Questions:

1. What is your opinion of a judge's ruling regarding an NSA spying program? What do you think will be the next legal steps concerning the NSA?

2. What may be some uses for the bipedal and four-legged robots seen in the video? What is your opinion of Google's robotics company purchases? What might be the benefits and risks for Google in buying eight robotics companies? Do you think this could affect how and what robotics technology is developed? Explain.

3. What was your reaction to the story about a shopper paying for other people's layaway items? What are some other stories you've heard of in which people helped others during the holidays? If you could do something nice for someone else, what action would you take?

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MAPS

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Washington, D.C.

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