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

For this powerful documentary film, Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down, we’ve created a discussion guide and an Independent Learning Guide. The Independent Learning Guide is a new film-inspired resource featuring key sections to explore through the film. 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. Each key section features a driving question, useful terms (when applicable), personal reflection, discussion questions, extension activities and additional resources. Details about the discussion guide and Independent Learning Guide are provided below. Spanish translations of both resources will be available in early 2023.

Independent 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
Gun Violence in the U.S.
Media Responsibility
Mental Health
Civic Engagement
Career Paths

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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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Royal blue background with white 16 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside it, white, reads: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Central image, all white, is a dove with an olive branch in its beak, legs resting on a gavel.

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