CNN Student News - September 19, 2013

CNN Student News - 9/19/13
CNN Student News - 9/19/13


    CNN Student News - 9/19/13


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September 19, 2013
Economic stories take center stage in Thursday's program, as we report on a milestone for U.S. gas prices, we discuss a decision from the Federal Reserve, and we examine the percentage of Americans living in poverty. We also hear how a civil rights activist is promoting his message against sagging pants, and we share some students' methods for coping with a bad day.
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Media Literacy Question of the Day:
What might be the pros and cons of using billboards to convey a message to young people? How might the effectiveness of billboards compare to that of other media?
Key Concepts: Identify or explain these subjects you heard about in today's show:
1. Federal Reserve Bank
2. poverty line
3. disaster declaration
Fast Facts: How well were you listening to today's program?
1. What are some reasons given as to why gas prices have been higher than $3 since December 2010?
2. What did the Federal Reserve decide to do yesterday?
3. What U.S. state is known as the "Land of Enchantment"?
Discussion Questions:
1. What might be the effects of sustained, $3 gas prices on individuals, businesses, and the economy as a whole? How might people deal with these effects?
2. What factors do you think might be contributing to the U.S. poverty rate? What might have contributed to lower-paying jobs in the wake of the "Great Recession"? In your view, is there anything individuals could do to put themselves in the market for higher-paying jobs? If so, what? If not, why not?
3. What different perspectives might young people have regarding the anti-saggy pants billboard? What is your opinion on wearing saggy pants? To what extent might one person's appearance affect how others perceive his or her character?
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