Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down tells the extraordinary story of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords: her relentless fight to recover following an assassination attempt in 2011, and her new life as one of the most effective activists in the battle against gun
violence. Featuring extensive verite filming of Gabby and her husband, astronaut-turned-Senator Mark Kelly; interviews with Barack Obama and other friends and colleagues; and exclusive access to stunning videos taken in the weeks following her near-death, this film is the story of a rising star transformed by gun violence, and a close-up portrait of the marriage that sustains her.


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Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down

Film runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Film rating: PG-13. Common Sense Media rates this film as appropriate for ages 13+.

For this powerful documentary film, Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down, we’ve created a Discussion Guide and a Learning Guide. The Learning Guide is a new flexible resource. Each section can be used on its own or in collaboration with other key sections. The guide is flexible and appropriate for classroom use, community learning settings, homeschool learners, hybrid educational settings and independent exploration of the film. The guide includes robust background information and helpful facilitation guidelines to set the stage for a positive learning experience.

There are five key sections in Learning Guide. Each key section includes: a driving question, useful terms (when applicable), personal reflection, discussion questions, extension activities and additional resources.

Both guides are also available in Spanish.

Learning Guide

Facilitation Guidelines
Letter from Gabby Giffords
Introduction to the Film
The Life of Gabby Giffords: A Timeline
Sudden Violence, Aphasia, and a Slow Recovery
Key Learning Sections:

1: Gun Violence in the U.S. (Current Events, Civics, Government, U.S. History)
2: Media Responsibility (Current Events, Civics, Journalism, Media Literacy)
3: Mental Health (Sociology, Advisory, Current Events, Health)
4: Civic Engagement (Civics, Current Events, Government, ELA)
5: Career Paths (Advisory, Career Readiness)

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Discussion Guide

Facilitation Guidelines
Letter from Gabby Giffords
Introduction to the Film
The Life of Gabby Giffords: A Timeline
Congresswoman Giffords: Policies and Politics
A Tragedy in Tucson
What is Aphasia?
For Better or Worse
Gun Violence in the United States Today
Gun Violence: The Argument Continues
Giffords and Citizen Action
Resources for Further Study

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We highlighted this guide, along with other Journeys resource and outside resources, in an article on differentiated learning. You can read that article here: This resource was also featured by Share My Lesson in this blog on creating safe spaces: A On Demand webinar is available through Share My Lesson as well.
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