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CNN Student News - January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014 -- Updated 0117 GMT (0917 HKT)
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(CNN Student News) -- January 7, 2014

For much of the U.S., the weather outside is frightful. In today's edition of CNN Student News, find out why -- and what exactly a "polar vortex" is. We also provide tips for warding off the flu, and we show you how spoken word is more than a verbal outlet for some teenagers.

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

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Media Literacy Question of the Day:

What kinds of information and messages do you think news media should provide in times of severe weather?

Key Concepts: Identify or explain these subjects from today's show:

1. polar vortex

2. H1N1

3. vaccine

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

1. Why is the latest frigid weather to hit the U.S. being called "dangerous"? How long is this weather expected to last?

2. What is H1N1 also known as? How do humans catch this virus?

3. What winter event is currently underway in Harbin, China?

Discussion Questions:

1. What tips would you include in a video titled "How not to catch the flu"? Can you think of others that are not included in today's report?

2. What challenges might snow and ice present for people in wheelchairs? What do you think of the innovation seen in the video? Do you have any other ideas for winter weather accessibility for people who rely on wheelchairs? Explain.

3. Do you like poetry? Have you ever used poetry to express yourself? Do you use any other forms of art to express with your feelings? Explain.

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