Stay Informed with CNN.com's Student Daily Discussion

CNN.com is helping students think about current events through its specially focused section that poses discussion questions and tests students' media literacy. This resource could give teachers the opportunity to bring the news into their classrooms.

Focusing on Students

Adults aren't the only ones who are getting their current events news from CNN. Through its 'Student News' page, CNN is also helping to make sure students know what's going on in the world. During weekdays, CNN runs daily 10-minute long news programs that are geared specifically toward students who are in middle school and high school. Students, or their teachers, who miss the program on television can watch it on CNN.com or even get a free, downloadable podcast.

In addition to the news program, CNN provides questions on its site to help students develop their own opinions about current events. Some of the questions focus on media literacy, and ask students things like what information they'd include in a tweet meant to warn others about a coming hurricane or the skills journalists use when covering politics.

The 'Student News' section of CNN.com also includes daily discussion questions. Past questions have focused on the importance of following what's going on in the Middle East, the August 23 earthquake on the east coast, having a national 9/11 flag and concerns students might have related to paying for their college educations.

A Resource for Teachers

Teachers who visit CNN.com's 'Student News' page are sure to find materials that could help them in the classroom. Getting students engaged and interested in what's going on in the world can frequently present a challenge, and these resources can help give educators ideas to do just that. Teachers might want to consider incorporating the daily discussion questions into their lessons or having students watch the news program.

The best part about the resources that CNN offers to teachers is that they are free of charge.

Why Students Need to Know Current Events

Middle school and high school students can easily get caught up in their own lives, worrying about who has a crush on who and how to convince their parents to let them go to a friend's party. But it's important for students to start to realize early on that there's a lot going on in the world and start to find out the lasting impacts events might have. By getting students interested in current events when they're young, the CNN program can help encourage them to follow the news even when it's not for a class assignment.

Following the news can also assist in creating informed citizens who care about people all over the world. Particularly when students are old enough to vote, it will be important for them to know what the issues are and understand them.

The New York Times is another media outlet that's providing education resources for students and teachers.

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